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BE SEEN ON HALLOWEEN

Vests For Visibility Program Helps Keep Children Safe on Halloween Night
 
(October 21, 2014) – The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will lend reflective vests to children, and their chaperones, as part of its annual “Vests for Visibility” Program. Designed to be worn over clothing, the reflective vests help increase the visibility of pedestrians. The vests will be available in most counties at most SHA Maintenance facilities, during the days just before the holiday. They may be picked up between Wednesday, October 29 and Friday, October 31 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The reflective vests will be issued on a first come, first served basis and must be returned by Friday, November 7.
 
“Whether you’re out trick or treating with your kids, or driving on the roads, SHA encourages you to stay alert and follow the rules of the road, on Halloween and every day,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “Please feel free to borrow one of the vests and be sure to remind your loved ones to walk and drive safely.”
 
This is the 19th year that SHA has loaned vests to provide an extra measure of safety for trick or treaters. Not only do the kids and parents appreciate using them, but motorists are equally thankful for the benefits the vests provide for them as well. The vests are a good way to see and be seen!

 
Safety Tips
FOR MOTORISTS:
• 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 suddenly.
• Motorists should be more cautious during peak trick-or-treating hours between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.
• Enter and exit driveways slowly. Use caution when turning at intersections.
• 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 driver.

 
FOR PEDESTRIANS:
• 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, carry a flashlight, 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.

 
2014 Vests for Visibility Participating SHA Maintenance Shops:
Anne Arundel County
Glen Burnie Shop
910 Stewart Ave
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
410-766-3770

Annapolis Shop
138 Defense Highway
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-841-1009
 
Baltimore County
Golden Ring Shop
8375 Pulaski Highway
Rosedale, MD 21237
410-574-4511
 
Calvert County
Prince Frederick Shop
MD 231 at MD 2/4
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
410-535-1748

Caroline County
Denton Shop
508 Caroline Street
Denton, MD 21629
410-479-0770
 
Carroll County
Westminster Shop
150 Wyndtryst Drive
Westminster, MD 21157
410-876-2061
 
Cecil County
Elkton Shop
2024 E. Old Philadelphia Road
Elkton, MD 21922
410-398-1565
 
Charles County
LaPlata Shop
Washington Ave
LaPlata, MD 20646
301-934-8031
 
Dorchester County
Cambridge Shop
750 Handley Road
Cambridge, MD 21701
410-228-4977
 
Frederick County
Frederick Shop
5111 Buckeystown Pike
Frederick, MD 21701
301-624-8251
 
Harford County
Churchville Shop
3050 Churchville Road
Churchville MD 21028
Phone: 410-838-7788
877-416-6349
 
Howard County
Dayton Shop
4401 MD 32
Dayton, MD 21036
410-531-5533
 
Montgomery County
Fairland Shop
12020 Plumorchard Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20904
301-572-5166
 
Gaithersburg Shop
502 Quince Orchard Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20760
301-948-2477
 
Prince George’s County
Laurel Shop
Talbot Avenue & Second Avenue
Laurel, MD 20810
301-776-7619
 
Marlboro Shop
6500 S.E. Crain Highway
Upper Marlboro, MD 20870
301-952-0555
 
Somerset County
Princess Anne Shop
10980 Market Lane
Princess Anne, MD 21853
410-651-1333
 
Talbot County
Easton Shop
8265 Ocean Gateway
Easton, MD 21601-0745
410-822-3525
 
Wicomico County
Salisbury Shop
660 West Road
Salisbury, MD 21802
410-677-4050
 
Worcester County
Snow Hill Shop
5630 Market Street
Snow Hill, MD 21863
410-632-0511
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