Be aware of “traffic safety blitzes” that will begin next week as the
Leesburg Police Department rolls out its new Safe Streets Initiative aimed at
improving safety on town roads. The initiative kicks into gear Sept. 3 as Loudoun
County Public Schools classes begin for the 2013-14 school year.
The Safe Streets Initiative consists of educational and enforcement components, with a goal of making the streets safer for motorists and pedestrians.
The educational phase involves sending the message that the town is a safe-driving community, with an efficient flow of traffic. The enforcement phase calls for Leesburg Police, assisted by the Virginia State Police, to conduct the “traffic safety blitzes” with the goal of reducing traffic accidents in and around the town. Patrols will be highly visible during the blitzes, with a specific emphasis placed on speeding, aggressive driving, distracted driving, stop light/sign violations, occupant protection and pedestrian violations.
The initiative comes as part of the a resolution passed Aug. 13 by the Leesburg Town Council calling on residents to make safety a priority.
Throughout the year, the department will target “hotspot” areas, with targets chosen based on statistical analysis. The goal is to reduce accidents and injuries.