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Officials study pedestrian safety along Rt. 1 in Hyattsville

Hyattsville pedestrian safety concerns (ABC7)
Hyattsville pedestrian safety concerns (ABC7)
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Residents along parts of Route 1 say they're worried about pedestrian safety after numerous accidents, a number of which have involved cars jumping the curb and hitting buildings.

On Monday state and local officials, including a representative of the state highway administration, walked Route 1 in Hyattsville to observe and discuss safety issues.

"When cars are so out of control, or speeding so much that they're going into buildings, we have a real problem," said resident Jon Hussey, who says he's worried for the safety of his baby girl, who he often walks across Route 1.

Hussey compiled and shared pictures of damage done to several Hyattsville businesses after cars plowed into them.

A Maryland SHA spokesperson tells ABC7 the state has lowered the speed limit to 30 mph on Route 1 in nearby North Brentwood, and has put up new, easier to see signs in Hyattsville showing the 25 mph speed limit there.

She says the state is exploring both short and long term things that can be done to improve safety along Route 1.

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Some Hyattsville residents ABC7 spoke with say they'd like to see speed cameras like those installed last year in nearby College Park. Those cameras were put in after several pedestrians were killed near the University of Maryland.

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