As the weather gets warmer, more cars hit the road as people plan vacations and road trips. However, the nice weather also leads more people to take advantage of the sunshine and go for a walk or run along Baltimore streets.
But pedestrians should be aware of the dangers they face on Maryland roads before they leave the house this summer.
Pedestrians understand the risks, but fatalities are still increasing
Most vehicles weigh upwards of one ton. So, it often does not matter how fast they are going on the road if they hit a pedestrian. Pedestrians always face a higher risk of injury or death in the event of an accident.
And that risk only increases when:
- There is low light or visibility
- Drivers speed
- People walk in urban areas
- Either the driver or pedestrian is drunk or distracted
- Pedestrians do not cross at intersections
Most people understand the risks that come with being a pedestrian. And despite efforts to improve pedestrian safety in Maryland, WJZ News reports that 511 pedestrians were killed in crashes since 2018.
The Look Alive campaign will be in place all summer
At the start of June, Baltimore law enforcement and officials announced the beginning of the Look Alive campaign. This movement has a goal of decreasing pedestrian and bicycle accidents and deaths in the greater Baltimore area.
Law enforcement will look specifically for reckless drivers who:
- Speed or drive distracted behind the wheel
- Do not stop for pedestrians in sidewalks or intersections
- Disregard a pedestrian’s right of way and traffic signals
Will the campaign succeed?
We have yet to see the effects this campaign might have, but it could very well be a challenge according to a new study. Allstate’s America’s Best Drivers report apparently ranks Baltimore as having the worst drivers in the country, meaning that Baltimore drivers get into the most traffic accidents.
It is possible that the Look Alive campaign could help protect pedestrians on Maryland roads, as well as other motorists. However, that also requires law enforcement to take action and reduce the rate of reckless driving and traffic accidents as a whole.