Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Media Contacts: Monica Hernandez (DDOT) – 202-671-2261,

Officer Tisha Gant (MPD) – 202-727-4383


Street Closings for the 2013 Annual Rock N Roll USA Marathon and Half Marathon 

(Washington, DC) The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has provided the following information about scheduled street closures for the 2013 Rock N Roll USA Marathon and Half Marathon that will be held in the District of Columbia on Saturday, March 16, 2013.

In order to facilitate this event there will be no vehicular traffic allowed along the routes of the races. However, there will be bump routes that will allow vehicles to cross when runners are not present. The races are scheduled to begin at approximately 7:25 a.m.; however some street closures will begin as early as 12:00 a.m. around the start and finish line. All streets affected by this event are expected to be reopened as early as 9:30 a.m., and no later than 2:00 p.m.

Motorists should expect delays during the races.  Citizens who have issues that need resolution or if there are any questions regarding traffic access points during the races are advised to please call 202-727-9099.

The marathons will form at Constitution Avenue, NW, just east of 14th Street, NW. The route of the marathon is as follows:

  • Start on Constitution Avenue, NW just east on 14th Street, NW
  • Right on Virginia Avenue, NW
  • Right on 18th Street, NW
  • Left on E Street, NW
  • Left on Virginia Avenue, NW
  • Right on 19th Street, NW
  • Right on Constitution Avenue, NW
  • Left on 23rd Street, NW
  • Enter Memorial Circle
  • Exit Memorial Circle
  • Arlington Memorial Bridge
  • Left on Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway
  • Merge left on Shoreham Drive, NW
  • Right on Harvard Street, NW
  • Right on 5th Street, NW
  • Merge onto 4th Street, NE
  • Left of Bryant Street, NW
  • Right on North Capitol Street, NW
  • Left on K Street, NE
  • Right on 4th Street, NE
  • Left on H Street, NE
  • Right on 13th Street, NE
  • Left on Constitution Avenue, NE

Full Marathon/Half Marathon Split

Half Marathon Turns ONLY

  • Left on North Capitol Avenue, NE
  • Merge onto C Street, NE
  • Merge right onto 22nd Street, NE
  • Right on East Capitol Street, NE



  • Right on `14th Street, NE
  • Right on North Carolina NE
  • Left on 13th Street, SE
  • Right on East Capitol Street, SE
  • Right on 11th Street, NE
  • Left on East Capitol Street, NE
  • Right on 2nd Street, NE
  • Left on Constitution Avenue, NE
  • Merge right on Constitution Avenue, NW
  • Merge left on Constitution Avenue, NW
  • Left on 9th Street, NW
  • Right on L’Enfant Plaza
  • U-Turn on L’Enfant Plaza (in front of USPS)
  • Right on 9th Street, SW
  • Left on Maine Avenue, SW
  • Right on 6th Street, SW
  • Left on Water Street, SW
  • Merge onto the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail
  • Merge onto P Street, SW
  • Right on 2nd Street, SW
  • Left on V Street, SW
  • Left on First Street, SW
  • Right on Potomac Avenue, SW
  • Left on South Capitol Street, SW
  • U-Turn on South Capitol Street, SW
  • Cross the Frederick Douglas Bridge
  • Left onto South Capitol Street, SE
  • Left on Douglas bridge access road
  • Right on Anacostia Drive, SE
  • Full loop around Anacostia Park skating Pavilion on Anacostia Drive, SE
  • Left on Nicholson Street, SE
  • Left on Fairlawn Avenue, SE
  • Right on Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
  • Left on L’Enfant Square, SE
  • Left on Minnesota Avenue, SE
  • Right on East Capitol Street, SE on ramp
  • Right on East Capitol Street, SE
  • Merge left onto C Street, SE
  • Merge left onto 22nd Street, NE


Bump Routes are as follows:

  • 4th and East Capitol Street, NE
  • 6th and East Capitol Street, NE
  • 8th and East Capitol Street, NE
  • 10th and East Capitol Street, NE
  • 8th and H Streets, NE
  • 15th and North Carolina Streets, NE
  • 17th and C Streets, NE

All street closures and listed times are subject to change based upon prevailing or unexpected conditions.

Motorists could encounter possible delays if operating in the vicinity of this event and may wish to consider alternative routes.  The Metropolitan Police Department and the District Department of Transportation remind motorists in the vicinity of this event to proceed with caution as increased pedestrian traffic can be anticipated.


Visit for more information on transportation options in the District


Event features 40+ bands & DJs on nine stages on RFK Stadium Festival Grounds March 16

 WASHINGTON, D.C.  – ShamrockFest ’13 returns to the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds with a mix of musical legends, hot emerging artists and a jaw-dropping DJ lineup on Saturday, March 16 from 1-9 p.m. With nine stages and over 40 incredible live bands and DJs, ShamrockFest is regarded as one of the most popular St. Patty’s Day parties in America. General and VIP tickets are currently on sale at

For eight action-packed hours, shamrock-clad partygoers can enjoy simultaneous live performances featuring rock, reggae, folk and of course Irish music throughout the massive festival area. Irish rock bands scheduled to perform include The Mahones, Carbon Leaf, Celkit, Scythian and the  Fighting Jamesons while the indie band lineup includes Sublime with Rome, In Decision and Lost in Paris and others.

International icons DJ Skribble and BT headline ShamrockFest’s best ever DJ lineup in “Club Shamrock,” a massive party pavilion with plenty of dance space. Also scheduled to spin the turntables are DJ Enferno, Chris Styles and Pat Premier, among others.

With a carnival-style amusement area, huge-tented activity areas, food and craft vendors, an NCAA college hoops viewing tent and an endless supply of that most celebrated St. Patty’s Day beverage – beer, ShamrockFest has something for everyone. One of the crowd favorites, the Irish Village, features authentic Irish entertainers, local pub and restaurant booths and the infamous Shamrock Pub Games.

The RFK Stadium Festival Grounds are easily accessible by Metrorail on the Blue and Orange lines (Stadium-Armory station) and numerous Metrobus lines. On-site parking is also available. 

About Events DC

Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital.  Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that generates over $400 million annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the Stadium-Armory campus, which includes Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and surrounding Festival Grounds, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and Maloof Skate Park at RFK Stadium.  Events DC also built and now serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. For more information, please visit

Good Afternoon 1D Community,

The Department will celebrate some of its most outstanding achievements with the annual awards ceremony on Thursday, February 28, 2013 form 6pm-9pm at Gallaudet University’s Elstad Auditorium.  Members, community leaders, and partner agencies will be recognized in 30 different categories.  Please plan to attend this special recognition ceremony and help thank these individuals for the service.

Thursday, February 28, 2013 Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue, NE Doors open 6:00pm Ceremony begins @ 7:00pm

Mark your Calendars, Tell your Neighbors, Bring your Friends.  See You There

Fayette Vaughn-Lee

MPD Community Outreach

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address

 On Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 9:00 p.m., the President will deliver the State of the Union address before a Joint Session of Congress in the U.S. Capitol Building.

Restricted Access – Capitol Square

The Capitol Square will be restricted to event credentialed and authorized pedestrians only beginning at 6:00p.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 2013.

Road Closures

The U.S. Capitol Police will put the following road closures (affecting vehicular traffic) into effect on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. and will lift these restrictions when this event has concluded:

North Side of Capitol Square

o D Street, NE between 2nd Street, NE & Louisiana Avenue, NW

o C Street, NE between 2nd Street, NE & Louisiana Avenue, NW

o Constitution Avenue between 2nd Street, NE & Louisiana Avenue, NW

o Delaware Avenue between Columbus Circle & Constitution Avenue, NE

o New Jersey Avenue, NW between Louisiana Avenue, & Constitution Avenue,


o Pennsylvania Avenue between 1st Street, & 3rd Street, NW

o East Capitol Street between 2nd Street, & 1st Street, NE/SE

o 1st Street between Columbus Circle, NE & C Street, SE

o 1st Street between Louisiana Avenue, NW & Washington Avenue, SW

o 2nd Street NE between Constitution Avenue & East Capitol Street NE

South Side of Capitol Square

o Maryland Avenue, SW between 1st Street, & 3rd Street, SW

o Independence Avenue between 2nd Street, SE & Washington Avenue, SW

o C Street between 1st Street, SE & Washington Avenue, SW

o Delaware Avenue between Washington Avenue, SW & C Street, SW

o New Jersey Avenue between Independence Avenue, & D Street, SE

o South Capitol Street between Independence Avenue & D Street, SE/SW

Capitol Tours

Public and staff-led tours will be suspended at noon on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. The  Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) will also close at noon. However, visitors with gallery passes may  continue to enter via the CVC main entrance. Both House and Senate Galleries will remain  open until 5:30pm, or until the respective body recesses; whichever is later. Tours will resume  on a normal operational schedule on Wednesday, February 13, 2013.Tour Buses

Tour buses will be allowed to drop off and pick up in Peace Circle and Garfield Circle until  4:30pm.

If there are any questions about these events or security procedures, please contact the United States Capitol Police Public Information Office at 202-224-1677.

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Guarding Against Robbery and Assault

Robbery and assault are serious crimes. While money is often the motivation, these incidents are considered crimes of violence because they involve the threat or actual use of physical violence. The basic rules of prevention are to be sensible and to be alert. The following tips will also help reduce the risk of robbery or assault.
Personal Safety Tips on the Street
If possible, don’t walk alone during late-night hours. Walk in groups whenever you can—there is always safety in numbers.
Let a family member or friend know your destination and your estimated time of arrival or return. That way, the police can be notified as quickly as possible if there is a problem.
Stay in well-lit areas as much as possible. Avoid alleys, vacant lots, wooded areas, and other short-cuts or secluded areas. They are usually not well-lit or heavily traveled.
Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible. Walk close to the curb, avoiding doorways, bushes, and other potential hiding places.
If you have to walk in the street, walk facing traffic. A person walking with traffic can be followed, forced into a car, and abducted more easily than a person walking against traffic.
Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Don’t stop to talk to strangers.
Wear clothing and shoes that give you freedom of movement. And don’t burden yourself with too many packages or items.
Always be aware of your surroundings. If you are wearing headphones, don’t turn up the volume so high that you cannot hear outside noises.
Never hitchhike or accept rides from strangers.
Report any suspicious activity or person immediately to the Metropolitan Police Department at 202 727-9099. Or, if it is an emergency, dial 9-1-1.
Avoid carrying large sums of cash, or displaying expensive jewelry in public.

Basic Street Smarts
Wherever you are—on the street, in an office building or shopping mall, driving, waiting for a bus or subway—stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings.
Send the message that you’re calm, confident, and know where you’re going.
Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, avoid the person or leave.
Know the neighborhoods where you live and work.
Check out the locations of police and fire stations, public telephones, hospitals, and restaurants, or stores that are open late.

If Someone Tries to Rob You
Don’t resist. Give up your property—don’t give up your life.
Report the crime to the police. Try to describe the attacker accurately. Your actions can help prevent others from becoming victims.

Self- defense measures are most effective when applied as preventive steps—avoiding the crime in the first place.

These measures include running away, hiding, screaming, and raising an alarm—remember, more people will respond to someone yelling “Fire” than they will to “Help!””

Reversible Lane Operations to Apply on Emancipation Day Holiday, Monday April 16
Rush-Hour Parking Restrictions Will Also Be Enforced

(Washington, D.C.) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced it plans to maintain its reversible lane operations during the Emancipation Day Holiday on Monday, April 16. In addition, rush hour parking restrictions will be enforced.

Emancipation Day is a legal holiday in the District, however Federal Government and many private sector offices will be open. To manage the expected volume of traffic, DDOT will run reversible lane operations for a typical weekday on the following roadways:
Connecticut Avenue, NW between Legation Street and Woodley Road
16th Street, NW between Arkansas Avenue and Irving Street
Canal Road between Chain Bridge and Foxhall Road
Independence Avenue between 4th Street, SW and 2nd Street, SE
Rock Creek Parkway (controlled by the National Park service)

Rush hour parking restrictions will also be enforced on Monday, April 16, from 7 to 9:30 am and from 4 to 6:30 pm. Vehicles violating these restrictions will be ticketed and towed. The Department of Public Works (DPW) has announced that other parking regulations, including expired meters, residential parking and street sweeping, will be suspended for the holiday.

Additionally, the Nationals will play Sunday, April 15 and Monday, April 16, so parking enforcement will occur both days in the Nationals Park neighborhood.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Media Contact: Monica Hernandez – 202-671-2261,
Weekend Lane Closures Planned For New York Avenue Between Penn Street and Florida Avenue

(Washington, D.C.) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced starting Saturday, April 14, 2012 motorists will encounter single lane conditions on New York Avenue between Penn Street and Florida Avenue in northeast Washington D.C. These activities will be required to accommodate work associated with the New York Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation Project.

The single lane conditions for eastbound (outbound) and westbound (inbound) New York Avenue will occur between 5 am and 2 pm on Saturday, April 14, 2012.

DDOT encourages all motorists to use alternative routes and Stay Alert and follow all signs as they travel through this corridor.
Information about the New York Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation Project is available on the project website at For construction alerts and updates, follow the project on Twitter, @NYAve411.
For additional traffic advisories please visit DDOT’s Traffic Alerts page or visit for more information on transportation options in the District



April 9, 2012 Neil Grace: 202-418-0506 Email:

Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday April 10, 2012, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will be joined by Sen. Charles E. Schumer, police chiefs of major cities and representatives from the wireless industry to announce new efforts to stem the growing problem of smartphone thefts.


FCC Chairman Genachowski and Sen. Schumer will deliver remarks. Mayor Gray, Commissioner Kelly, Chief Lanier, Chief Ramsey, Chief Taborn and Chief Mitchell will also speak briefly.


Charles E. Schumer, Senator (D-NY)

Julius Genachowski, Chairman, FCC

Vincent Gray, Mayor, Washington, D.C.

Ray Kelly, Commissioner, New York Police Department

Cathy Lanier, Chief, Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia

David Mitchell, Chief, University of Maryland Department of Public Safety

Charles Ramsey, Commissioner, Philadelphia Police Department

Michael Taborn, Chief, Metro Transit Police Department

Christopher Guttman-McCabe, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, CTIA


10:00 AM Eastern

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


John A. Wilson Building- Room G-9

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20004


The event will also broadcast live online at
For FCC media inquiries, contact Press Secretary Neil Grace at or 202-418-0506. For DC MPD media inquiries, contact Communications Director Gwendolyn

Crump at or 202-727-9346.

– FCC –
For more news and information about the FCC please visit:

As the weather gets better and with gas prices up, We all need to be aware and watch out for Pedestrians, Cyclists, Mopeds, SegWays and Motorcycles.

From the Metropolitan Police Department Website:-

Share the Road: Tips for Drivers, Cyclists, and Pedestrians

On average, 265 bicycle and 600 pedestrian crashes are reported to the Metropolitan Police Department each year in the District of Columbia. Approximately 2,700 pedestrians and bicyclists are injured every year in the Washington region, and 89 are killed. Pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities accounted for 23% of the total traffic fatalities in the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland and northern Virginia from 2004-2008. What’s disappointing is that many of these fatalities could have been avoided. By exercising some caution and extending some common courtesies, future tragedies can be avoided. The following tips should help drivers, bikers and walkers share the road and get where they’re going safely.

Pedestrian Safety is a Two-Way Street*

Share the Road*
Behaviors motorists and walkers should avoid and fines for associated violations.

Tips for Drivers
Drivers are reminded to turn on vehicle headlights at dusk and be vigilant in looking out for cyclists and pedestrians. Additionally, drivers should:

Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks.

Slow down and obey the posted speed limit. Yield to pedestrians and cyclists when turning.

Look before opening your door.

Be careful when passing stopped vehicles.

Allow three feet when passing bicyclists.

Tips for Cyclists
When travelling on city streets, cyclists should follow the same rules of the road as motorized vehicles. This means stopping at stop signs; obeying traffic signals and lane markings; and using hand signals to let others know your intention to stop or turn. Furthermore, cyclists are advised to be aware of their surroundings:

Don’t wear headphones; you need to be able to hear if a car is approaching.

Slow down and check for oncoming traffic before entering any street or intersection

Do your best to anticipate hazards and adjust your position in traffic accordingly.

Be predictable: ride with the flow of traffic, on the right, and in a straight line – not in and out of parked cars on the side of the street.
Be visible and wear the proper protective gear. DC law mandates that riders under 16 are required to wear a helmet while cycling in the District of Columbia, but it’s a good idea for bikers of any age. Make eye contact with motorists to let them know you are there (but don’t always expect them to see you). And stay visible by riding where drivers are looking (i.e., do not pass on the right). Bicyclist should be particularly mindful of their visibility to other vehicles in the evening, especially when biking during rush hour or later. Legally, cyclists must have a front white light and a red rear reflector and/or a rear red light.

Get more Smart Bicycling Tips from Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA)

Get cycling tips and hand signals from the Street Smart Campaign

Tips for Walkers and Runners
Whether you’re going for an afternoon stroll, commuting to work on foot, or getting some exercise, walking and running are great activities. However, it’s importing to pay attention. When walking or exercising, especially in the early morning or at dusk or dark, pedestrians should keep the following tips in mind:

MPD encourages walkers to use signaled crosswalks when possible. Use extreme caution when crossing at intersections without signals.
Look both ways before crossing the street.

Never run between cars into the street.

Wear clothing that allows drivers and people to see you. That means no dark clothes after dark or early in the morning.
Exercising outdoors at dusk or at night can be dangerous without some type of reflective device on your clothing. Many athletic shoes have reflective qualities built in, but also consider a vest complete with reflective tape.

Keep alert! Dawn and dusk offer convenient shadows for muggers and other crooks.

Runners are also reminded to ALWAYS carry identification with them when they go out. If carrying a license seems too inconvenient, please consider purchasing an identification bracelet or tag for your shoe. New products designed especially for runners, bikers and other athletes have recently come on the market. A simple internet search for “identification bracelet” will provide numerous results.

Get more safety tips for walkers and runners

Report Aggressive Driving
Aggressive driving is a combination of unsafe and unlawful actions that demonstrate a conscious and willful disregard for safety. The following offenses are included: running red lights and stop signs; following too closely, or tailgating; changing lanes unsafely; failing to yield the right of way; improper passing; and speeding. And aggressive driving is against the law.

Aggressive drivers may target bikers as well as drivers of other motorized vehicles. It’s in everyone’s best interest to avoid an aggressive driver rather than to engage him or her. Bikers can do that by getting out of their way and steering clear of them on the road; staying relaxed – remember, reaching your destination safely and calmly is your goal; not challenging them; avoiding eye contact; and ignoring rude gestures.

Whether you’re on a bicycle or in a car, you should report aggressive driving if you see it. Police will need to know the following information:

Description of Vehicle (color, make, model, license plate state, and license plate number).
Description of driver (sex, race, age, hair color, height, weight).

Location of incident.

Date and time of incident.

Description of what happened.

If you’re willing to be a witness, be sure to provide your name, address and phone number.

Learn more about aggressive driving by visiting the Smooth Operator webpage.

Below tips from the web

Motorcycle Safety Tips

Be smart and safe by following some basic motorcycle safety tips.
Get Ready for Riding Season
Before you hit the road after a long winter, give your bike the once-over.
Test the lights, brakes, and turn signals.
Check the oil and fuel levels.
Make sure the mirrors are positioned correctly.
Check the cables to make sure they aren’t worn or frayed.
Lube the chain and adjust it according to the manufacturer’s specs.
Try a rider-training course to brush up on your skills.

Invest in Good Gear

When you’re on the open road, there’s not much between you and the pavement. Wearing tough gear is always a smart move.
Pick a high-quality helmet that fits well. If it doesn’t have a face shield, pair it up with goggles or glasses with safety lenses.
Use safety as your excuse to shell out for that leather jacket. Get the pants while you’re at it. (We know black and bikes are a perfect match, but a bright color will help other drivers see you better.)
Wear durable non-slip gloves.
Invest in boots or sneakers that cover your ankles.

When You’re Out on the Road

Let’s be honest: There’s a lot of stuff out there that’s bigger than your bike. But there’s a lot you can do to help keep yourself safe while riding.
Always wear a helmet that fits right. Pick one that has the DOT label, which shows that it meets federal safety standards.
Know your bike’s limits.
Stick to the speed limit.
Don’t tailgate other vehicles.
Use your signals.
Be respectful of other drivers. Don’t weave through traffic or drive on the shoulder.
Make sure other drivers can see you. Don’t ride in blind spots and always use your headlights.
Brake smart. Use both brakes at the same time, slow and steady

FTO K. A. Sodimu.

(FTO – Field Training Officer)

M. P. D. C.

4TH District.

P S A. – 401

202-715-7400 -Station.

Learn From Yesterday, Live For Today, Hope For Tomorrow.

When The World Says ” Give Up” Hope Whispers, ”Try It One More Time” .

Preventing terrorism is everybody’s business.

If you SEE something, SAY something.

Call the Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 727-9099 or email at SAR@DC.GOV to report suspicious activity or behavior that has already occurred.

Call 911 to report in-progress threats or emergencies.

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