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New safety effort on College Park road

Following several fatal accidents involving pedestrians along U.S. 1 in College Park, officials of the University of Maryland, the State Highway Administration and Prince George’s County and the mayor of College Park on Monday unveiled several safety measures and a public education campaign to enhance pedestrian safety along College Park’s “Main Street.”

They include lowering the speed limit to 25 mph in the vicinity of the university; installation of a temporary median fence to deter mid-block pedestrian crossings, and installation of an overhead traffic signal to control traffic at the U.S. 1- Hartwick Road intersection, where a pedestrian was recently killed.

Police will also begin sobriety checkpoints and patrols to combat drunk driving, officials said.