Police to Enforce Pedestrian Violations in Merrifield

After two pedestrians have been struck so far in 2012 and a subsequent education campaign, Fairfax County police officers will begin active enforcement of pedestrian crossing violations on Gallows Road near the Dunn Loring Metro station on Monday, June 4, it was announced this week.

Over a five day period recently, officers wrote 361 warning citations for failure to cross in a crosswalk. Due to ongoing construction, the sidewalks have been closed or blocked and pedestrians are asked to veer in a slightly different route towards a crosswalk, which takes walkers approximately three minutes longer. Most of the pedestrians are commuters en route to Metro. Violators for these infractions may be charged with failure to cross in a crosswalk which may result in up to a $250 fine. This construction project is slated to take up to four years as the re-development of the Merrifield District continues, police said.