WASHINGTON — Evenings are getting darker as winter approaches, so the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) wants to help keep kids, and their adult chaperones, stay safe this Halloween. The State Highway Administration will be lending…
WASHINGTON — Evenings are getting darker as winter approaches, so the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) wants to help keep kids, and their adult chaperones, stay safe this Halloween.
The State Highway Administration will be lending out reflective vests at highway maintenance shops across the state, as part of the annual Vests for Visibility Program.
The vests are designed to be worn over clothing — or costumes — and help increase pedestrians’ visibility.
The vests will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at most SHA maintenance facilities, during the days leading up to the holiday. They may be picked up between Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The vests must be returned by Friday, Nov. 6.
Officials say all pedestrians need to be careful at this time of year.
“With the upcoming time change, it will be dark earlier making it more difficult for drivers to see pedestrians and cyclists,” said SHA Administrator Gregory C. Johnson. “When walking or biking be sure to wear something bright and when driving use extra caution and follow speed limits.”
Stop for pedestrians. Maryland law requires motorists to stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks and intersections.
• Stay alert. Park the mobile phone.
• Obey the speed limit. Speeding only makes it more difficult to stop unexpectedly.
• Motorists should be more cautious during peak trick-or-treating hours between 4 and 9 p.m.
• Enter and exit driveways slowly. Use caution when turning at intersections.
• Be alert for children darting across the street and crossing between parked cars.
• When driving children to and from different activities, make sure all seat belts are fastened and let children out of the car on the curbside.
• Never drink and drive. Designate a sober driver.
Look left, right and left again before crossing the street.
• Cross at crosswalks or intersections.
• Be sure to see and be seen. Avoid dark clothing, wear bright colors and use reflective devices such as vests and blinking lights.
• Avoid costumes that may impair vision.
• Make eye contact with drivers when crossing the street.
• Stay alert and be on the lookout for cars traveling above the speed limit.
2015 Vests for Visibility Participating SHA Maintenance Shops:
1221 W. Braddock Road
LaVale, MD 21502