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.