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Montgomery Blair Students' Eyes Help Silver Spring Pedestrian Safety Push

Ads with the phrase, "Hey You, I'm Looking at You," will begin appearing on Ride On buses.

Folks who walk around the Four Corners area of Silver Spring: Montgomery County wants your attention.

Soon, you'll see Ride On buses plastered with photos of the eyes of Montgomery Blair High students—yeah, just the eyes. And if that isn't enough to get your attention as you cross streets near the intersection of Colesville Road and University Boulevard, watch for $50 tickets to be given to drivers and pedestrians who don't follow the law. 

Four Corners was identified as hotbed for pedestrian collision in the county, according to a release from county government. Since then, county government partnered with Blair students to create a pedestrian safety campaign with the theme, "Hey You, I'm Looking at You!"

The eyes of two students were photographed this spring and will be featured prominently in the Ride On advertisements. 

Police will begin enforcing pediestrian safety laws over the next several weeks and are recommending the following tips: 

Pedestrians

  • Cross the street at marked crosswalks and intersections.
  • Begin crossing the street on "Walk" signals; never on a solid or flashing "Don't Walk."
  • Use sidewalks. If none are available, walk facing traffic so you see vehicles, and drivers see you.

Drivers

  • Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections.
  • Don't block crosswalks when stopping at intersections.
  • Slow down and obey the posted speed limit.
  • Obey speed limits, signs, signals and markings, and never run red lights.
  • Be careful when passing stopped vehicles. They might be stopping for pedestrians. 

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