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Pedestrian safety program launched in Ocean City

Tuesday - 3/13/2012, 2:22pm  ET

OCEAN CITY, Md. - The State Highway Administration has launched a program to reduce jaywalking across Coastal Highway in Ocean City.

The three-year pilot program will use newly designed sidewalk markings about 10 feet from three intersections on Coastal Highway that have seen the highest frequency of pedestrian accidents.

Officials say 19th, 33rd and 49th streets will get the markings that will direct pedestrians to crosswalks.

The new markings inform pedestrians that a marked crosswalk is just ahead. Each marking can be used for 10 to 20 years, and costs about $150.

Officials will observe pedestrian behavior at the three locations to determine if the new sidewalk markings reduce jaywalking and pedestrian incidents.

Ocean City becomes the second-largest city in Maryland from June through August.


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