Two pedestrians have been hit by autos near the Navy Yard metro this year, one of them fatally. As we've mentioned here before, transportation secretary Ray LaHood met with city officials to discuss possible safety measures; city police have been out in the area ticketing cars for speeding and people for jaywalking; and DDOT has said they plan on making at least one change to traffic laws in the area.
TBD's Sara Kenigsberg shot some video (below) at New Jersey Avenue and M Street SE and First and M streets SE, the two main problem intersections in question. A few things to note from the video: We pedestrians don't necessarily wait for our allotted time to cross, even when a talking crosswalk system is shouting at us to sit tight. Also, some of us like to do our own unsanctioned Barnes Dance routines from one corner to another. And some of us will sprint against a "don't walk" signal, soda in hand, as a truck comes barreling down on us (that would be the last guy in the video).
So while the drivers do speed and roll through red lights, maybe some us who are on foot do in fact need to be saved from ourselves. Or at least given some pedestrian safety pamphlets.