OCEAN CITY, Md.- It seems like a no-brainer: when walking across a busy street, cross at a crosswalk. But many times, people in Ocean City do not do that.
"We've had two pedestrians get hit already this season, very early in the season," said Mike Levy, a spokesman with the Ocean City Police Department.
Last year was a bad year for Ocean City. Two pedestrians were killed, including a 15-year-old girl vacationing there. Resort officials have re-timed traffic lights and erected more signs. But with two pedestrian accidents already this year, some ask: will it curb pedestrian accidents? Levy said it appears that it may not, so police are taking an additional step.
"Officers are going to writing citations to both pedestrians and drivers," Levy said. "You know drivers have to do their part too and it is illegal in Maryland to not attempt to yield to a right-a-way to a pedestrian who's in the roadway."
As this reporter was in in Ocean City, she spotted two men dashing across the street.
She caught up to them and asked why were they jaywalking.
Jamie Bartholomew answered, "I'm in a hurry got to get back to the room at 12:30."
He went on to say, "I mean as long as there is no traffic coming right now, right this second, I think I am OK. I mean I look both ways to cross the street anyway."
Down a few blocks, more pedestrians were spotted making a run for it.
"They're in such a hurry they don't think, and they can get hurt that way," said Ocean City visitor Joseph Longo. "It's that everybody is in such a hurry. Slow down. You'll live longer that way."
When darting across the street, police say you not only risk injury but you could be hit with a hefty fine.
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