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Pedestrian Safety Upgrades in Ocean City

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- With the summer months approaching, officials from the town of Ocean City and the State Highway Administration are working together to improve pedestrian safety.

Pedestrian accidents are a major concern in Ocean City, particularly during the summer months.  Last year alone there were 44 pedestrian accidents with two of them resulting in a fatality.

"They just don't think or they think that they can easily cross without any danger but there is always that one chance something bad could happen," said Linday O'Neal of the Ocean City Police Department.

In order to limit or put a stop to the accidents, new measures are being taken to deter people from jay walking across Coastal Highway.  About 100 new black and yellow "No Pedestrian X-ing" signs were put on curb tops on the highway from 52nd Street to 59th Street.  The plan is to finished the black and yellow signs and then put up as many new signs encouraging use of the cross walks as possible.

"We want to make as many signs as possible because our populations changes every week because it is new people on vacation.  So, we don't have the opportunity to build on the message like we would in a metro area," said Karen Waggoner of the Maryland Highway Safety Office.

The summer months will be the true test to whether or not this new initiative is effective.  But for some living in Ocean City, they are hoping it makes a noticeable difference.

"I think if they have more people patrolling and they are more strict on people that jay walk and give them citations, I think it will help to a certain point.  Saving one person is better than nothing so I think it is a good idea," said Josh Ray of Ocean City.

City officials say law enforcement would rather educate about safety procedures rather than cite people for violations but if the jay walking problem persists, pedestrian citations are an option.

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