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Crosswalk signal installed at deadly College Park intersection
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A new crosswalk signal is in place at a deadly intersection near the University of Maryland. It's part of a new safety initiative called "Walk Smart, College Park".

In the past year, three students were hit and killed while walking along Route 1 in College Park. Thursday, the Maryland State Highway Administration activated a new flashing pedestrian signal at Route 1 and Hartwick Road to prevent further accidents.

A pedestrian fence was installed between Hartwick and Knox to cut down on jaywalking and direct students to a safer crossing point.

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The speed limit has already been reduced to 25 miles per hour, and speed enforcement cameras are operating 24/7. Officers will issue warnings, and $50 tickets for jaywalking.

In July, a 21-year-old woman was hit and killed by a drunk driver in the intersection of Route 1 and Hartwick Street as she tried to cross. At the time of the accident, there had already been three pedestrian accidents there in the past three months, officials said.

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