Vests For Visibility Ensuring Kids Stay Safe And Have Fun On Halloween Night When Festivities Have Begun

(October 24, 2013) – On Thursday, October 31, as children transform to witches and ghosts, neighbors prepare to give goodies at their post; Door to door, little children will seek out treats; moving with excitement as they cross the street.  Drivers stay alert on your commute home from work; drive slowly and expect trick or treaters to lurk. For of all things creepy and crawly that offer a scare, the real nightmare of a car crash doesn’t compare.  As the Halloween spirit fills the crisp night air; SHA reminds everyone to walk and drive with care!

Sadly, if the right safety measures aren’t taken, tragedy can overshadow the treat of Halloween festivities. As dusk falls earlier, both cars and pedestrians  become more difficult to spot on statewide roadways.  “Be seen on Halloween” is the message from the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA).  SHA will once again lend reflective vests to those in costume and their chaperones as part of the the annual “Vests for Visibility” Program.

SHA’s Vests for Visibility lends reflective safety vests to parents to place over their children’s costumes– free of charge. The vests will be available in most counties at most SHA Maintenance facilities each day Tuesday, October 29, Wednesday, October 30 and Thursday, October 31 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Reflective vests will be issued on a first come, first served basis and need to be returned by Friday, November 8.

“This Halloween SHA reminds everyone to follow the rules of the road,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B Peters. “Please borrow a vest free of charge, have a conversation with your family about the importance of the ‘see and be seen message,’ and remind loved ones to walk and drive safely.”
Here are some tips to ensure everyone has a safe Halloween:


• Stop for pedestrians – Maryland law requires motorists to stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks and intersections.
• Stay alert - park the mobile phone.
• Obey the speed limit. Speeding only makes it more difficult to stop unexpectedly.
• Motorists should be more cautious during peak trick-or-treating hours between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.
• Enter and exit driveways slowly, and turn at intersections with caution.
• Be alert for children darting across the street and crossing between parked cars.
• When driving children to and from different activities, make sure all seat belts are fastened and let children out of the car on the curbside.
• Never drink and drive.  Designate a sober


• Look left, right, and left again before crossing the street.
• Cross at crosswalks or intersections.
• Be sure to see and be seen. Avoid dark clothing, wear bright colors and use reflective devices such as vests and blinking lights.
• Avoid costumes that may impair vision.
• Make eye contact with drivers when crossing the street.
• Stay alert and be on the lookout for cars traveling above the speed limit.
2013 Vests for Visibility Participating SHA Maintenance Shops:

Allegany County

LaVale Shop
1221 West Braddock Road
LaVale, MD  21504
Anne Arundel County
Glen Burnie Shop
910 Stewart Ave
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Annapolis Shop
138 Defense Highway
Annapolis, MD  21401
Baltimore County
Hereford Shop
306 Mount Carmel Road
MD 137 & I-83
Parkton, MD 21120
Owings Mills Shop
9130 Dolfield Road
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Golden Ring Shop
8375 Pulaski Highway
Rosedale, MD 21237
Calvert County
Prince Frederick Shop
MD 231 at MD 2/4
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Caroline County
Denton Shop
508 Caroline Street
Denton, MD 21629
Carroll County
Westminster Shop
150 Wyndtryst Drive
Westminster, MD 21157
Cecil County
Elkton Shop
2024 E. Old Philadelphia Road
Elkton, MD  21922
Charles County
LaPlata Shop
Washington Ave
LaPlata, MD 20646
Dorchester County
Cambridge Shop
750 Handley Road
Cambridge, MD 21701
Frederick County
Frederick Shop
5111 Buckeystown Pike
Frederick, MD 21701
Thurmont Shop
67 Moser Road
Thurmont, MD 21788
Garrett County

Keyser’s Ridge Shop
3876 National Pike
Accident, MD  21520
Harford County
Churchville Shop
3050 Churchville Road
Churchville, MD 21028
Howard County
Dayton Shop
4401 MD 32
Dayton, MD 21036
Kent County
Chestertown Shop
615 Morgnec Road
Chestertown, MD 21620
Montgomery County
Fairland Shop
12020 Plumorchard Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Gaithersburg Shop
502 Quince Orchard Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20760
Prince George’s County
Laurel Shop
Talbot Avenue & Second Avenue
Laurel, MD 20810
Marlboro Shop
6500 S.E. Crain Highway
Upper Marlboro, MD 20870
Queen Anne’s County

Centreville Shop
111 Safety Drive
Centreville, MD  21617
Somerset County

Princess Anne Shop
10980 Market Lane
Princess Anne, MD  21853
St. Mary’s County
Leonardtown Shop
27345 Point Lookout Road
Leonardtown, MD  20650
Talbot County
Easton Shop
8265 Ocean Gateway
Easton, MD  21601-0745
Washington County
Hagerstown Shop
18320 Col. Henry K. Douglas Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21713
Wicomico County
Salisbury Shop
660 West Road
Salisbury, MD 21802
Worcester County
Snow Hill Shop
5630 Market Street
Snow Hill, MD 21863

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