Street Justice: Maryland Lowers speed limits on some Prince George’s roads

A photo, taken from the center lane of the Baltimore Avenue-slash-Route 1 corridor looking directly south from the intersection of Oglethorpe Street and Baltimore Avenue, shows an urban vista. The green hills of Bladensburg are in the far distance, set against a cloudy evening sky and above a ribbon of roadway. Nearer to the photographer, an urban streetscape reveals row-houses and mid-rise commercial buildings south of Madison Street set against tree-lined sidewalks. Light traffic is seen on the roadway.

Michael Theis/Route 1 Reporter

Cars drive in light traffic through downtown Hyattsville's Baltimore Avenue and Route 1 corridor, looking south from the vantage point of Oglethorpe Street and Baltimore Avenue.

In March, the state agency made speed reductions, narrowed lanes to induce slower car speeds, and implemented safer pedestrian crossings. Lowering speed limits is a mix of engineering and enforcement, but in practice mostly the latter. Without a design change, you need something to change driver behavior; and that’s a cop or camera.
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