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Pedestrian Safety in NIH Campus Construction Zones

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) currently has major construction initiatives in progress on the Bethesda main campus and additional projects are scheduled for the future. The NIH Police have observed numerous pedestrians ignoring construction detour signs and walking in narrow street lanes exposing themselves to serious injury. Even worse, the police have noticed some vehicle operators are not yielding to pedestrians.

As part of its ongoing efforts to improve pedestrian safety in construction zones, the NIH Police will be conducting targeted enforcement of pedestrians not using designed detour routes and walking in the street. This pedestrian safety enforcement operation will also focus on motorists who fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks and other safety zones. The pedestrian safety improvement effort will commence on Monday, August 31, 2020 and violators will be subject to appropriate law enforcement action.

If you have questions about pedestrian safety or this enforcement action, please contact Lt. Warren LaHeist at laheistw@ors.od.nih.gov.

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