Maryland Strategic Highway Safety Plan

Emphasis Area #3d – Make Walking and Crossing Streets Safer

Typically, between 95 and 110 pedestrians are fatally injured on Maryland’s streets and highways each year. Pedestrian fatalities comprise about 20 percent of all traffic deaths. About 12 percent of fatally injured pedestrians are 15 years or younger and another 19 percent are 65 years or older. Nearly 3,000 pedestrians are injured annually, more than one-third of which occur in Baltimore City and more than another one-third of which occur in Baltimore, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties. Pedestrians 15 years of age and younger are particularly vulnerable to being injured – over 30 percent of injured pedestrians are in this age group. .
Maryland Data

The emphasis area team found that the majority of pedestrian crashes and incidents in Maryland occur in five jurisdictions; Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Prince George’s County, Montgomery County and Anne Arundel County. A large proportion of the crashes occur during the afternoon rush hour and the majority do not happen in intersections. The majority of pedestrians who are injured or killed are between 21 and 49 years of age while the majority of at-fault drivers are males between 12 and 39 years of age. While the data show that fatalities (Figure 20) have decreased from 123 in 1996 to 101 in 2005, pedestrian injuries (Figure 21) have remained fairly constant at the 2,500 level.

Priority Strategies

• Conduct periodic assessment of locations with growing traffic and pedestrian volumes and conduct road safety audits at those locations at greatest risk for pedestrian fatalities and injuries and share information with state and local partners.
• Implement effective countermeasures for problem areas as determined by safety assessments and road safety audits.
• Educate the judiciary on the importance of penalties for violation of pedestrian laws.

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Baltimore Spokes Comments:

Maryland has the 8th highest rate of pedestrian traffic fatalities per capita in the Nation and no major pedestrian advocacy group was on the committee??? Come on now.

by B' Spokes

Like most people I live a hectic life and who has the time for much exercise? Thanks to xtracycle now I do. By using my bike for daily activities I can get things done and get an hour plus work out in 15 minutes extra of my time, not a bad deal and beats taking the extra time going to the gym. In case you are still having trouble being motivated; the National Center of Disease Control says that inactivity is the #2 killer in the United States just behind smoking. ( ) Get out there and start living life! I can carry home a full shopping cart of groceries, car pool two kids or just get lost in the great outdoors camping for a week. Well I got go, another outing this weekend.
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