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Ocean City Aims to Make Resort Safe for Pedestrians

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- More than a dozen pedestrians have been struck by vehicles in Ocean City so far in 2013. None of the accidents have been fatal, but the numbers have the town of Ocean City working to make sure no one else gets hit with the Walk Smart! campaign.

On Wednesday, town and state officials will announce updates to the campaign and upgrades to Coastal Highway.

Many people told WBOC that both drivers and pedestrians need to stay alert, although that is not always what happens.

"There's a lot of cars down here. I don't think there's too much you can do, crossing down at 59th St. you can get hit by people taking a right or trying to make a U-turn or a left at the yellow right," Tyler Fink said.

But the new signs along Coastal highway are working for some pedestrians in Ocean City.

"At a couple of points I was tempted to disregard the advice because it seemed you could cross in various places that had very strict signs, saying don't you dare cross here," George Rogers said.

Some think more crosswalks, not signs, are needed.

"I guess you could put more crosswalks out that could be helpful because you've got to walk so far to get to one so people crossing the middle," said Amber Dean. "If there were more, I think people would listen to it."

Pedestrians say they are not the only ones who need to be watching.

"I feel safe but the biggest thing I see is vehicles not stopping for crosswalks," Travis Hardman said.

There were more than 40 pedestrian accidents in Ocean City in 2012

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