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Summer Means More Pedestrian Accidents in O.C.

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- With the July 4th Weekend under way, places like Ocean City are at risk to pedestrian accidents. In this coastal beach area, police officials warn that the influx of both cars and people, put pedestrians at risk.  

As of July 2nd, there have been 13 pedestrian accidents this year in Ocean City, none of which were fatal. This average of more than two per month is actually better than last year when there was an average of four pedestrian accidents every month. Two of the 24 pedestrian accidents from last year led to a fatality.

Despite the decrease in accidents, Mike Levy from the Ocean City Police Department said that more can be done. The police have initiated education programs and have created a safety enforcement detail to address the issue.  

"These cars - they don't follow the speed limit," said Marsha Stepp. "They just fly right on down. They don't look."

Stepp, who was walking with her two children said that she is concerned about the drivers. But added that it is the responsibility of walkers to make sure the path is clear without crossing the street.

"I think that some of them play frogger," she said. "You know - and they're just darting out as well. And they're not being too responsible themselves."

Phil Baroody was walking with his three year old son and agreed. He said that for the sake of his child, safety should be the priority.

"I've got to be extra cautious because I have my 3 year old right here," he said. "And so it's tempting to just run across the street sometimes. But we have to abide by the rules.

James Osewe works for a parking company on South Baltimore Ave. He said that people are always running across the street to save time.

"I mean, those are the risks at the end of the day," he said. "You know what you are doing if you decide to jaywalk."

As vacationers enjoy the holiday, police officers are asking visitors to cross roads safely and ensure an accident-free weekend.

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