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Pedestrian and Traffic Safety

Warm weather on the horizon increases pedestrian traffic in our Town.

Below is a message from the Maryland Highway Safety Office to promote pedestrian safety

http://www.mva.maryland.gov/safety/mhso/FY19_Ped_ProgramAreaBriefFINAL.pdf

Pedestrian safety is an issue that affects everyone in Maryland; young and old, drivers and walkers,

during the day and at night. Everyone is a pedestrian in some capacity at one point or another. Many

unnecessary injuries and fatalities occur because of intoxication, ignorance, or inattentiveness by either

or both motorists and/or pedestrians. Maryland’s roadways should be safe places for all transportation

modes. Laws related to pedestrian safety need to be enforced and pedestrians need to be educated on

the laws and how to do their part to improve their safety. Here are a few

tips for pedestrians and motorists to help keep pedestrians as safe as possible on our roads:

 

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY TIPS

 

For Pedestrians

 

• Walk smart. Be predictable when walking. Use sidewalks where provided and cross only at

crosswalks. Stay off highways and restricted zones.

• Pay attention and always look left, right, and left again before crossing the street.

• Avoid distractions and the use of electronic devices while walking. Focus on getting to your

destination safely.

Crosswalks and traffic lights don’t stop cars! The WALK signal does not mean it is safe to cross. It

only means it is your turn to cross. Check that traffic has come to a stop before crossing.

• Always look both ways before stepping between stopped vehicles as they may block your view

of moving traffic.

• Wear brightly colored clothing to be easily seen day or night. At night, also wear reflective

materials.

• Walk only on the sidewalk. If there isn’t a sidewalk nearby, walk on the side of the road facing

traffic.

• Stand a safe distance away from the roadway and traffic while waiting for a bus.

• Remember to look left, right and left again before crossing the street.

 

For Drivers

• Always come to a complete stop at stop signs and stop lights.

• Always yield to pedestrians and stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk, even if it is not marked.

• Pay attention. Slow down. Be especially attentive around school zones and in neighborhoods

where children are active.

• Avoid distractions while driving. Keep your eyes on the road and focus on getting where you

need to go safely.

• Keep your windshield and headlights clean for maximum visibility.