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Ocean City Reminds Visitors of Walk Smart Campaign

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During the OC Walk Smart campaign, the Maryland crab lifeguard illustration will remind pedestrians to use crosswalks, follow signals, and exercise general street smarts. During the OC Walk Smart campaign, the Maryland crab lifeguard illustration will remind pedestrians to use crosswalks, follow signals, and exercise general street smarts.
OCEAN CITY, Md. – Danielle Williamson is in Ocean City on vacation with her family from Ohio. Williamson, who is a firefighter and medic, claims she is not happy with what she has seen on the streets of the resort town.

"I do not think I have seen one person use a crosswalk yet,” Williamson said.

The Ocean City Police Department is reminding people of the OC Walk Smart Campaign to promote pedestrian safety throughout the resort town.

Police are advising pedestrians to cross at and within marked crosswalks, and to follow all traffic signal signs and markings. Use the sidewalk and do not cross in the street. Pedestrians are also recommended to wear light colored and reflective clothing at night so drivers can see them.

Samantha Trabush, of Reading, Pa., admits that she does not use crosswalks when she is cut for time.

“You are trying to get to the bus and you are trying to get the boardwalk that is where everyone wants to go, " Trabush said. "You are going to do what you have to get to the bus and people don't use the crosswalks because they take forever."

Coastal Highway carries six lanes of traffic. Over the course of the last several months, traffic engineers evaluated traffic patterns and enhanced safety at key intersections with work including retiming signals, enhancing turning movements at intersections placing “no pedestrian crossing” curb stencils and installing signs in high pedestrian volume areas along Coastal Highway to direct people to crosswalks.

This summer, following the success of last year’s campaign, OC Walk Smart partners are expanding the effort in Ocean City, and along Delaware’s beaches.  Last year’s campaign saw a 50 percent decrease in pedestrian-related crashes as well as no pedestrian fatalities along Coastal Highway. Police continue to ask drivers to use caution.

"We saw a kid on the bus earlier and he said got run into by a drunk driver because he was crossing the street in the middle. It is rough," said
Jessica McNamara, also of Reading, and a friend of Trabush.

Williamson said the wait may take a minute or two, but using a crosswalk could save your life.

The Maryland crab lifeguard illustration will again remind pedestrians to use crosswalks, follow signals, and exercise general street smarts.  It will appear on Ocean City transit, plane banners, boat billboard messages, roadside billboards, and in local businesses. This summer, the crab also appears at Delaware beaches along US 1.

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