MPD Announces “Nightlife Safety Zones” During SafeTrack “to access alternative transportation”

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) would like to announce the designation of five nightlight safety zones during Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Safe Track operation.

MPD Nightlife Unit has identified and is providing additional resources in specific areas from Wednesday to Sunday during the hours of 11:00 pm to 3:00 am as patrons and employees find alternative means of transportation to and from various venues within the city. MPD has partnered with city agencies to provide additional lighting in each of the areas, signage so that patrons can locate the safe zones, and added patrol. These safe locations will serve as a place for patrons to access alternative transportation.

The five designated nightlife safety corridors are as follows:

H Street

1400 H Street, Northeast (in front of)

Chinatown

600 7th Street, Northwest (alongside Verizon Center)

DuPont Circle

1201 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest (Northbound)
1250 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest (Southbound)

U Street

1925 Vermont Avenue, Northwest (in front of)
2014 14th Street, Northwest (Southbound)

Adams Morgan

2200 Champlain Street, Northwest (in front of)

“The established nightlife safety zones are an additional resource for residents to ensure public safety, and we are working hard to provide special attention to these locations” said Assistant Chief Diane Groomes. “We hope that the community takes advantage of this security measure when accessing transportation and keep in mind their locations.”

MPD will continue to prioritize public safety and provide additional resources when necessary. The nightlife safety zones are only available for the use of ride share and taxi cabs.”

23 Comment

  • General Grant Circle

    Are they like hanging around the bus stops?

  • Crazy GENIUS video. “Is it safe to dance?” How in the world did you find that – and seriously – it made my day!

    • It was a HUGE hit back in the day (although Men Without Hats were a one-hit wonder).

    • Prince Of Petworth

      I’ve been listening to it on repeat since I loaded it into the queue at 10 this morning. I can’t stop listening…

    • I Dont Get It

      Check Safety Dance Literal version on Youtube if you’re bored at work (Renaissance Fair from Hell LOL). Although, admittedly Total Eclipse of the Heart Literal version is the best ever. #80sRule

      • Quotia Zelda

        My favorite literal videos are “Total Eclipse of the Heart” (I think this one sets the standard) and “Take on Me.”

        I’ll never think of Arthur Fonzarelli or pipe wrench fights the same way.

    • I had a major “huh?” when I started watching the video and then it clicked 🙂
      .
      IDGI thanks for the reminder of the Total Eclipse of the Heart literal video!!

  • This just seems like police pandering to me. What are they going to do, hail down cabs for drunk people and bar staff? I wouldn’t hold my breath. Unless they’re offering to physically drive people home, this is stuff they should already be doing late at night in high traffic “going out” areas of the city.

    • They are providing protected zones for you to wait for your über. I don’t see how this is pandering to anyone – seems like a very straight-forward idea.

      • They say this is in response to SateTrack, but Is H St NE really effected? They don’t have metro to begin with. Also, Dupont and Chinatown don’t have the same issues as, say, Columbia Heights an Petworth – can we get extra police presence at night up here please?

        • No, but there are a lot more people going out to Dupont Circle and Chinatown, so perhaps MPD justifiably thought it best to allocate scarce resources to impact the greatest number of people.

          • I would think that resources would be better deployed in areas where there’s higher instances of crime.

          • To GBinCH: Having people who have been drinking wandering around looking for transportation is highly correlated with crime victimization. They are like walking cash machines for robbers. It is an efficient use of police resources to direct them to a single zone and to monitor that zone than to have them heading in various directions, which would require more resources to monitor.

  • The fact that we would even need “safe zones” speaks volumes to the state of affairs in this city.

  • Come on – no one takes any of that “MPD nightlife safety zones” seriously. Of course it is pandering and useless. Just enjoy the video!

  • it would be nice if they explained what purpose this will actually serve…how does this make anything better? Having more people in a concentrated space trying to find their uber makes things exponentially more complicated.

    • As I noted above, having people who have been drinking wandering around looking for transportation is highly correlated with crime victimization. They are easy marks for criminals, and are dangerous in the streets. It is an efficient use of police resources to direct them to a single zone and to monitor that zone than to have them heading in various directions, which would require more resources to monitor.

  • I read it as they will have a safe place for cabs/ubers etc so folks aren’t hailing in the street. It’s essentially a cab stand, no?

    • No. It’s a useless and ridiculous PR sham. People in crowded nightlife areas waiting for Uber or Taxi are still in crowded nightlife areas – where police ought to be anyway. At closing time – taxis & Uber know to be close, and bar owners should be watching out for their patrons – and all of us should be looking out for all the rest of us.

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