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Mayor and Council Discuss Strategy for Safer Streets

Rockville is honing its pedestrian safety efforts with an emphasis on engineering to create safer streets, enforcement of traffic laws, and education to raise awareness of safe practices while driving, walking or biking.

City staff briefed the Mayor and Council on these efforts during their meeting on Dec. 16. The update detailed safety improvements that the city completed and enforcement that city police conducted in recent years, as well as educational outreach, and plans for future efforts and projects.

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Combating Opioids is Front and Center in 2020

After a successful year of going purple, Rockville’s efforts to bring sustained, communitywide attention to the epidemic of opioid addiction and overdoses will continue throughout 2019, starting with two trainings on how to identify an overdose and use the rescue drug Narcan to reverse its effects.

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Snow and Tell: How the City Helps Residents Be In-the-Know About Snow

Quick Links, Facts and Phone Numbers

When winter weather strikes, turn to the city’s website at www.rockvillemd.gov.

Closure and snow emergency information will be available on the website, as well as through Facebook (www.facebook.com/cityofrockville) and Twitter (@rockville411), and by signing up for Alert Rockville notifications at www.rockvillemd.gov/alerts.

City crews treat and plow roads in the following priority order:

1) Primary roads that consist of major arterial roads, emergency routes, central business districts and primary residential roads near schools.

2) Secondary roads that consist of the remainder of neighborhood streets, alleyways and cul-de-sacs. To check if an address is within the city limits, find the Address and Residency Check map at www.rockvillemd.gov/maps.

Removing snow from sidewalks, driveways and entrances is the responsibility of the property and/or business owner or occupant unless a community association has assumed the responsibility. Snow and ice must be cleared from all paved sidewalks abutting a property as follows:

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Eyes Up Rockville: Stay Alert When You Drive and Walk

Traveling in winter, with snow, ice and precious little daylight, can be treacherous for pedestrians and motorists alike.

The Mayor and Council will discuss pedestrian safety in Rockville during their meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16. Last year, the Mayor and Council endorsed Vision Zero, setting a goal of eliminating traffic-related deaths and serious injuries on Rockville roads by 2030 through improved road design, traffic law enforcement and education.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers safety tips for walking and driving. Here are a few:

Driving Safety Tips

  • Look out for pedestrians everywhere, at all times. Safety is a shared responsibility.
  • Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions, such as nighttime or bad weather.
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well back from the cross-walk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see crossing pedestrians so they can stop too.
  • Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. There may be people crossing that you can’t see.
  • Follow the speed limit, especially around people on the street.
  • Follow slower speed limits in school zones and in neighborhoods where children are present.

Walking Safety Tips

  • Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
  • If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
  • Keep alert at all times; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.
  • Whenever possible, cross streets at crosswalks or intersections, where drivers expect pedestrians. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.
  • If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely; continue watching for traffic as you cross.
  • Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen.

Find more pedestrian safety tips at www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/pedestrian-safety, on Rockville 11 and at youtube.com/cityofrockville. Search “pedestrian safety.”

Don’t Fall Back on a Faulty Smoke Detector

Daylight saving time comes to an end at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. The time of year to wind your clocks back an hour is also a good reminder to check your home’s smoke alarms — they’re the best way of notifying you and your family of a fire.

State law requires that battery-operated smoke alarms be replaced every 10 years from the date of manufacture. The devices should also be tested at least once a month.

State law also calls for older smoke alarms to be replaced with new, sealed, long-life battery-powered smoke alarms. Hardwired 120-volt electric smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years with new 120-volt smoke alarms with battery backup to ensure proper and timely operation in a fire.

Homeowners with hardwired smoke alarms should not replace their devices with battery-powered alarms. Fire code-compliant smoke alarms can be purchased at most home improvement stores.

For more information visit www.rockvillemd.gov/firesafety or email Carl Young, city fire marshal, at cyoung@rockvillemd.gov.

Tricks to Make Halloween a Treat

There are no set hours for trick-or-treating on Thursday, Oct. 31. Drivers should be aware of extra pedestrians in neighborhoods. Clear yards and sidewalks of obstacles, keep homes well-lit inside and out, and report any suspicious activity to police. Kids should walk in groups and young children should be accompanied by an adult. Costumes should be flame retardant and short enough to prevent trips and falls. Carry flashlights or glow sticks and affix reflective strips to costumes and bags. Remind children not to eat treats until they get home. Check all treats and throw out anything that is not factory-sealed.

Fair and Impartial Police Training Coming to Rockville

The Rockville City Police Department officers and community members will receive training in the coming months that promotes bias-free behavior in community policing.

The Justice Department’s Community Oriented Policing Services, also known as COPS, recently approved funding for Fair and Impartial Policing training. In December, Rockville officers will host officers from Gaithersburg, Chevy Chase, Takoma Park, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland-National Capital Park Police to learn how to train police officers in FIP implicit bias training.

Early next year, trained officers will lead a session with city police command staff and invited community leaders. The roundtable discussion will focus on the following topics:

  • What is implicit bias?
  • How might implicit bias manifest in police and in community members?
  • What can individuals and agencies do to promote bias-free behavior?
  • What is RCPD doing to promote fair and impartial policing?

“This important program will give officers and community members tools they need to communicate better and work together to improve our city, with the overarching goal of making our community safe and resilient,” said Rockville city police Chief Victor V. Brito.

To learn more about the RCPD, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/police.

Fair and Impartial Police Training Coming to Rockville

The Rockville City Police Department officers and community members will receive training in the coming months that promotes bias-free behavior in community policing.

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Have an Issue? Report a Concern

A malfunctioning pedestrian signal, pothole or problematic pathway? Tell us about it!

Whatever the issue, the best way to report it is online. Visit www.rockvillemd.gov, scroll to the bottom of the page and select “Report a Concern.”

You’ll be taken to a web form where you can describe details of the concern, where it is located, how we can contact you for a response, and even attach digital photos or other documents, if you need to.

Report a Concern is for non-emergency reports. For emergencies, call 911.

For non-emergencies call City Hall at 240-314-5000 or the police hotline at 240-314-8900. For utility emergencies, call the 24-hour hotline at 240-314-8567.

Rockville To Truly Go Purple for National Recovery Month

Lighting, a Proclamation and a Race to Raise Awareness About Opioid Crisis

Rockville will mark National Recovery Month in September with a race in Town Square and observances throughout the month as the city continues its Rockville Goes Purple campaign against opioid abuse.

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