Ocean City sees improvement in pedestrian safety, new focus on J-1 residents
The weather cleared up just in time for the Maryland State Highway Administration to kick off to their sixth annual Walk Safe Campaign in Ocean City, and this year's campaign will look a little different than years past.
That's largely because of the new median fence that was just constructed along part of Coastal Highway.
Ocean City's Police Chief tells 47ABC the fence has already significantly reduced the amount of jaywalkers in the beach town and they plan to continue to encourage residents to avoid crossing over that median through this campaign.
Also new this year is the focus on J-1 residents.
Greg Slater, the MSHA Administrator said, "This year we have expanded to our international students. Last year we had a fatality that involved one of our international students. So we're partnering with our law enforcement officers and putting bike lights on theirs and just giving resources where we need to have them and enlisting every little bit of help we can get."
Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzuro added, "You know, each day that we do not have an accident of any kind is victory and we take it one day at a time. We just ask the public to continue with their support and assist us in helping keep them safe."
If you are interested in getting a free bike light, especially if you are a J-1 student, they will be available at the City Hall Gazebo on Wednesdays until June 27th from 10AM until noon. All you have to do is show up with your bike.