MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (DC News Now) — The Montgomery County Council unanimously passed the Safe Streets Act on Tuesday, September 19. The bill was first introduced in February 2023 and is a step toward the county’s Vision Zero goals.
The bill will bring four small changes to Montgomery County roadways that the Council believes will make roadways safer for everyone.
Changes include longer walk times at crosswalks and more speed cameras throughout the county, aiming to keep the roadways slowed down.
There will also be no right turn on red allowed at the busiest intersections in the county.
The last change will be a requirement for infrastructure reviews anytime there is a crash with a pedestrian in a school zone or around a school bus stop.
“While this legislation moves us forward, there is a lot more that needs to be done to ensure no more families are hurt and no lives lost,” said Evan Glass, president of the Montgomery County Council.