LINTHICUM, Md. – Maryland leaders are teaming up to address the issue of roadway crashes.
According to reports, February 24 through February 26th, leaders from throughout Maryland will come together at the Maryland Highway Safety Summit to address the issue of roadway crashes, a cause of death for more than 500 people on average every year in Maryland. Crashes are also reportedly responsible for thousands of serious injuries each year and are an "epidemic" that threatens public safety more than violent crime and terrorism.
Officials say more than 300 traffic safety officials, enforcement leaders, public health officials, educators, and emergency medical services personnel are expected to attend the summit to work on Maryland's five year plan to reduce crashes, and the resulting injuries and fatalities. This plan, known as the Strategic Highway Safety Plan, reportedly has six key focus areas, including impaired driving prevention, distracted driving prevention, reducing aggressive driving, increasing seat belt use, improving safety for pedestrians, and making enhancements to Maryland's highway infrastructure.
For more on Maryland's "Toward Zero Deaths" campaign, visit their website.