After a year marked by a rise in traffic fatalities, the District is entering 2019 with a plan city officials hope will make streets safer for its 700,000 residents and the hundreds of thousands more who visit and work in the nation’s capital.
The new year brings several street safety initiatives, including a ban on right turns on red and restricting left turns at some intersections. In addition, pedestrians will have more time to cross at many intersections and there will be new zones for delivery trucks and ride-hailing drop-offs. Drivers who break traffic laws will also face higher penalties.
The ultimate goal, city officials said, is to reduce traffic deaths and injuries through changes in street design, enforcement, education and data-driven strategies.