ACCOKEEK, Md. (ABC7) — It’s long been a dangerous road, but this year is shaping up to be one of the deadliest yet on Indian Head Highway in Prince George’s County. On Monday night, dozens of people came together to see what can be done.
Over the last decade, about 60 people have died in crashes or other incidents on the part of Indian Head Highway (Rt. 210) that goes through the county.
“This is the one of the most deadly stretches of roadway in the Washington Metro area,” John Townsend II, of AAA Mid-Atlantic, told the crowd Monday night. “The only roadway that would probably compete with it would be Veirs Mill Road in Montgomery County.”
Monday night’s meeting was held at the District 7 station of the Prince George’s County Police.
Police say on Monday, September 11, they pulled over 49 cars in seven hours on Indian Head Highway. They say the fastest driver was going 100 mph, but the average speed was 78 – well above the 55 mph limit.
So far this year, seven people have died on Indian Head Highway, which is above the normal average for an entire year. During the first six months of 2017 there were 178 accidents, which is higher than that same time period in any other year of at least the last decade.
Police told the crowd Monday night that they would be back out Tuesday enforcing traffic laws.
That, and higher fines for violations, are among the things people at the meeting called for to help the situation.