Pedestrian safety is an issue that affects the entire community; young and old, drivers and walkers, in the day and at night. Many unnecessary injuries and fatalities occur as a result of intoxication or inattentiveness of either the driver or the pedestrian. The roadways should be safe places for everyone regardless of their transportation mode. To reach this goal, laws related to pedestrian safety must be enforced without reservation, and citizens must be educated on the perils facing pedestrians and how they can help make the road a safer environment for those traveling by foot.
Pedestrians, Walk Smart! Drivers, Do your Part!
The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA), Maryland counties, and their partners urge everyone to review the rules of the road to Stay Alert and Walk Smart. With an enrolled 880,000 students in Maryland elementary, middle and high schools, partners are working together to help protect the State’s youngest morning and afternoon commuters as more pedestrians, bicyclists, vehicles and school buses take to area roadways. Parents and students should review the rules of the road, especially for walking to school, biking and waiting for the school bus. Drivers need to remember that children will be traveling to and from school, to always stop for pedestrians, be aware of school buses in the traffic mix, and be prepared for extra traffic and possibly traffic delays.
Since hundreds of thousands of students walk to and from school bus stops, school bus safety is an important extension of back to school pedestrian safety.Student’s Safe behavior on and near school buses:
Learn and follow school bus stop laws:
Laws exist to protect children getting on and off the bus AND protect you from a tragedy. Check with your school or police department for more information on Maryland’s laws. Here are some rules:
Remember to Always Look Up | Look Out | Stay Alert & Walk Smart.
For Pedestrians: Walk Smart
707 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202-3601
Main Business Line – 410-545-0300
Safety Campaigns – 1-800-323-6742
For emergencies, call MDOT SHA's Statewide Operations Center at 410-582-5650.
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