O.C. Police go After Jaywalkers - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

O.C. Police go After Jaywalkers

Posted:
(Photo: WBOC) (Photo: WBOC)

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.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Thousands Flock to Delaware Kite Festival

    Thousands Flock to Delaware Kite Festival

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:16 PM EDT2014-04-18 23:16:22 GMT
    Hundreds of kites filled the air above the Cape Henlopen State Park for the 46th annual Delaware Kite Festival. Despite some chilly winds, the Lewes Chamber of Commerce said that more than 3,000 people came for the event. They said the event meant more than just fun though, telling WBOC that it creates a large economic boom each year. In the air, various kites could be seen from a multi-colored pelican to a gigantic Garfield, and everything in between.More
    Hundreds of kites filled the air above the Cape Henlopen State Park for the 46th annual Delaware Kite Festival. Despite some chilly winds, the Lewes Chamber of Commerce said that more than 3,000 people came for the event. They said the event meant more than just fun though, telling WBOC that it creates a large economic boom each year. In the air, various kites could be seen from a multi-colored pelican to a gigantic Garfield, and everything in between.
    More
  • Second Strand of Flu Hits Northeast

    Second Strand of Flu Hits Northeast

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:23 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:23:23 GMT
    NEW YORK (AP) - A second, milder wave of flu is hitting the Northeast. Months ago, the flu season seemed to be winding down. But health officials on Friday reported widespread flu-like illnesses in six states. Rhode Island is the latest to join the list which includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Jersey and New York. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the flu season started in December and peaked by mid-January, and most of the illnesses were swine flu. But...More
    NEW YORK (AP) - A second, milder wave of flu is hitting the Northeast. Months ago, the flu season seemed to be winding down. But health officials on Friday reported widespread flu-like illnesses in six states. Rhode Island is the latest to join the list which includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Jersey and New York. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the flu season started in December and peaked by mid-January, and most of the illnesses were swine flu. But...More
  • Cargo Ship Refloated After Being Grounded

    Cargo Ship Refloated After Being Grounded

    The Coast Guard says tug boats are set to try moving a 751-foot cargo ship that ran aground in the Chesapeake Bay.More
    A 751-foot cargo ship that ran aground in the Chesapeake Bay has been refloated.More
Powered by WorldNow

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service