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​NIH Police to Offer Pedestrian and Traffic Safety Course

A pedestrian is 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a car accident than a passenger in a vehicle. In the United States alone, pedestrian deaths totaled nearly 6,000 in 2017 for the second straight year. On the NIH Bethesda campus, the atmosphere can often lull pedestrians and drivers into a false sense of security, leading to accidents. Accidents have happened in crosswalks and outside of crosswalks. Drivers have been at fault. Pedestrians have been at fault.

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The Community Policing Office of the NIH Police is offering pedestrian and traffic safety classes to both NIH employees and contractors. Each class will run approximately 40 minutes long and include safety procedures when walking as a pedestrian, riding a bicycle, or behind the wheel of a vehicle. A portion of the class is devoted to breaking down NIH's current accident statistics and reviewing high volume/problem intersections across campus. The police will also go over the various types of violations under which individuals can be charged and how these violations can be avoided.

All classes will be held at Building 10 in the FAES classrooms, on the B1 level, below the FAES Terrace.

The first series of classes will be offered on the following dates and times:

Thursday, June 21.

8am - 9am, Room 1 (B1C211).

3pm - 4pm, Room 2 (B1C209).

Wednesday, July 18.

9am - 10am, Room 2 (B1C209).

Monday, July 23.

11am to 12pm, Room 2 (B1C209).

4pm to 5pm, Room 2 (B1C209).


If interested in attending one of these classes, please contact the NIH Police Community Policing Coordinator, Corporal Christine Fedorisko, at Please obtain your supervisor's approval if the class meets during your official tour of duty.

Individuals with disabilities who need sign language interpreting and/or other reasonable accommodations to participate in this event should contact Corporal Christine Fedorisko, at, and/or the Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339. Requests should be made at least five days in advance of the training class.

Remember, traffic safety is a shared responsibility. At some point, we all become pedestrians. Please share the road!

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