Keep­ing safe this back to school sea­son


As fam­i­lies across Mary­land pre­pare for the start of the school year, the Mary­land Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion (MDOT SHA) joins AAA Mid-At­lantic, Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic Schools (BCPS) and Bal­ti­more County Po­lice to re­mind driv­ers and pedes­tri­ans that ev­ery­one has a role in keep­ing Mary­land’s youngest com­muters safe. As school chil­dren walk to bus stops, stand along roads and walk to school, driv­ers need to pay at­ten­tion for pedes­tri­ans.

“We urge ev­ery­one to Look Up Look Out to keep our youngest com­muters — chil­dren and stu­dents – safe this school year. There is no com­pe­ti­tion be­tween your ve­hi­cle and a child. If ev­ery­one fol­lows the rules of the road by putting down their de­vices, look­ing up and look­ing out, ev­ery­one will make it home,” said Mary­land Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tor Greg Slater. “Along with ed­u­ca­tional stu­dent as­sem­blies, we are re­mind­ing driv­ers to slow down and pay at­ten­tion through pub­lic ser­vice an­nounce­ments and so­cial me­dia.”

Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic Schools will re­open on Tues­day, Sept. 5.

“The BCPS Of­fice of Trans­porta­tion is ex­cited to wel­come more than 70,000 stu­dents back onto our buses for the new school year. An­other 40,000-plus stu­dents will use other meth­ods to come to school, in­clud­ing walk­ing and cy­cling,” said David McCrae, Direc­tor of Trans­porta­tion, Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic Schools. “We’d like to take this op­por­tu­nity, along with our part­ners here to­day, to re­mind all our fel­low road users through­out Bal­ti­more County about stop­ping for school bus red lights and stop arms, as well as gen­er­ally tak­ing ex­tra care with the re­turn of our stu­dents to the side­walks and cross­walks.”

“As Mary­land school teach­ers and par­ents pre­pare to be­gin the new school year, AAA is proud to part­ner with the Mary­land Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Bal­ti­more County of­fi­cials to re­mind motorists to be es­pe­cially vig­i­lant dur­ing the morn­ing and af­ter­noon hours when chil­dren are go­ing to and from school,” said Rag­ina C. Averella, Pub­lic and Gov­ern­ment Af­fairs Man­ager at AAA Mid-At­lantic.

“Trag­i­cally, more schoolage pedes­tri­ans have been killed from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. than any other time of the day,” she added.

Last year, 107 pedes­tri­ans were killed and an­other 3,318 peo­ple were in­jured.

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