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January 25, 2011
In his letter to the editor, Ed Warner suggests that drivers don't know the law when it comes to pedestrian crossings. Perhaps he's the one that needs to brush up on the laws. Drivers must stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. Now then, what's so complicated about that? I'll throw in the concession "unless otherwise posted," as here in Monkton there is one sign that actually says "... for pedestrians at crosswalks," a departure from the norm. I've been a passenger in a vehicle where the driver feels it's "nice" to slow to a stop and wave a pedestrian across, the problem being the driver behind us didn't anticipate this unexpected act of kindness (and misinterpretation of the law)
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2014
Twenty-two pedestrians died after being hit by cars in Baltimore County in 2013 - that's a five year high, and officials say the county is on pace to match it this year. Trying to lower those numbers, county officials Thursday launched a "Heads Up! Walk Safe" campaign, urging pedestrians to obey traffic laws and be more cognizant of their surroundings while walking and biking. Pedestrians are at fault in 80 percent of crashes, officials said. "This past year, 2013, we had more fatal pedestrian crashes in Baltimore County than in the five years prior," said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz during a news conference.
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By Laren Hughes, For The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2013
Too many Ocean City visitors are throwing caution to the wind and darting into traffic without looking. Even still, Ocean City Police Department Spokesman Mike Levy said you almost have to be hit by a vehicle to be charged with jaywalking in Maryland. The headlines are the same every year: “Pedestrian struck on Coastal Highway.” Some accidents are fatal and some aren't, but officials believe the majority could be prevented. According to OCPD statistics, there were 44 pedestrian accidents in Ocean City in 2012, two of which were fatal.
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By Pamela Wood | June 9, 2014
Part of Main Street in downtown Annapolis will be closed Monday night for temporary repairs to a crosswalk. Annapolis public works crews will repair the crosswalk at Chancery Lane, near the Wheat clothing store and Ron George Jewelers, beginning at 7 p.m. Monday until 7 a.m. Tuesday. Workers will remove the bricks in the crosswalk and replace them with asphalt. Deep ruts have developed in the crosswalk and some bricks are loose. “Caution when crossing” signs have been posted, warning pedestrians of the uneven crosswalk surface.
NEWS
December 4, 2013
Crosswalks, unless you happen to be on Abbey Road, tend to be boring. But now the folks at the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts are livening up crosswalks near the historic Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower in the city's newest arts and entertainment district. Baltimore artist Graham Coreil-Allen designed four hopscotch courts in crosswalks at Eutaw and Lombard streets that were unveiled last week. Coreil-Allen, who creates art in public places, also created an installation in Waverly called Tinges Commons and, earlier this fall, led tours of "invisible sites and overlooked architectural and psychic features" in Station North.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2011
In Las Vegas, gambling is the biggest game in town. But pedestrians don't get to play. A visitor to Sin City recently found that while all manner of vice might be winked at, jaywalking is not. On downtown Fremont Street, knowledgeable locals warned pedestrians about crossing against signals, telling them that police aggressively issue tickets for the offense. And wouldn't you know? Even in the rain, pedestrians in one of the least sober cities on the planet were actually waiting their turn.
EXPLORE
July 8, 2011
Wasting money on decorative brick crosswalks is not going to solve the traffic/speed problem on Rolling Road ("Rolling Road work may get on a fast track," Catonsville Times, June 22). Baltimore County might as well not do anything and not waste taxpayer money. We don't need fancy, expensive crosswalks on dangerous roads. Instead, we need a traffic light at Newburg Avenue and South Rolling Road. Newburg Avenue is a cut-through street for many neighborhoods. This intersection is highly confusing for motorists, pedestrians, high school students and bikers.
NEWS
January 28, 2011
I find Peter Bell's Jan. 27 letter to the editor, "Cars Shouldn't Stop for Pedestrians at Crosswalks," totally misguided and self serving. He argues that "if you're into carbon footprints, stopping and restarting a ton and a half of steel burns a lot more energy than if the pedestrian crosses after you've passed. " This twisted logic rewards the person who uses the most energy by giving the high energy user the right of way. For example, a right turning motorist fails to yield to a bicyclist, as happened to me, and when I asked her why she didn't yield, she said that cars always have the right of way over cyclists.
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By Jody K. Vilschick and Jody K. Vilschick,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 23, 2003
IAIN McINTOSH weighed in on last week's column, in which I recommended that bus drivers who wave cars around them stop this practice because it might add to an attitude of entitlement. "I would contend that precisely the opposite is the case. If school bus drivers were compelled to pull over and allow the rest of us to pass, there would be less incentive to break the law by passing when they stop to load/unload," he said. "I believe it is the law in California (and possibly elsewhere)
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 30, 1999
The state will triple its spending in established neighborhoods on streetscape improvements such as sidewalks, landscaping and crosswalks, Gov. Parris N. Glendening announced last night.Over the next six years, funding for the program will increase from $50 million to $150 million, Glendening told a gathering of local officials at the Maryland Municipal League's annual convention in Ocean City.The neighborhood conservation program is part of Glendening's Smart Growth effort to revitalize older communities and discourage suburban sprawl.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
A 12-year-old girl was in stable condition after being struck by a car in Annapolis on Monday afternoon, police said. The girl was crossing in a marked crosswalk at Hilltop Lane and Farragut Court at 3:15 p.m. when a passing car swerved onto the shoulder and struck her. Two other cars had come to a stop at the intersection, which has no stop sign or stop light but has markers to indicate cars should stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk. The girl was flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital and was in stable condition, police said.
NEWS
February 18, 2014
Congratulations and thanks to the city of Baltimore for a superb job in snow removal from the majority of the streets, done efficiently as far I can tell. There is always room for improvement, especially insofar as sidewalks and crosswalks are concerned. As a result of deep snow banks left on the sidewalks and crosswalks by the snow ploughs, walking in parts of the city can be very challenging besides being dangerous. As good citizens, the businesses and residents do great job in a conscientious manner.
NEWS
December 4, 2013
Crosswalks, unless you happen to be on Abbey Road, tend to be boring. But now the folks at the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts are livening up crosswalks near the historic Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower in the city's newest arts and entertainment district. Baltimore artist Graham Coreil-Allen designed four hopscotch courts in crosswalks at Eutaw and Lombard streets that were unveiled last week. Coreil-Allen, who creates art in public places, also created an installation in Waverly called Tinges Commons and, earlier this fall, led tours of "invisible sites and overlooked architectural and psychic features" in Station North.
FEATURES
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2013
Crosswalks, unless you happen to be on Abbey Road, tend to be boring.  Until last week, the most exciting thing you'll see in a Baltimore crosswalk is an occasional Toynbee tile. But now the folks at the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts are livening up crosswalks near the historic Bromo Seltzer Tower in the city's newest Arts and Entertainment district.  Baltimore artist Graham Coreil-Allen painted a hopscotch court in a crosswalk at Eutaw and Lombard Streets that was unveiled today.
TRAVEL
By Laren Hughes, For The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2013
Too many Ocean City visitors are throwing caution to the wind and darting into traffic without looking. Even still, Ocean City Police Department Spokesman Mike Levy said you almost have to be hit by a vehicle to be charged with jaywalking in Maryland. The headlines are the same every year: “Pedestrian struck on Coastal Highway.” Some accidents are fatal and some aren't, but officials believe the majority could be prevented. According to OCPD statistics, there were 44 pedestrian accidents in Ocean City in 2012, two of which were fatal.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2013
After two pedestrians died and 13 were injured last summer on Ocean City streets, city officials and the State Highway Administration devised a campaign to get motorists and those on foot to be more aware of each other. The effort includes highly visible markings on crosswalks and signs directing pedestrians to them and retimed traffic signals to get vehicles to slow down. “Ocean City is one of Maryland's largest cities all summer, but every week there's turnover and a new population,” said Melinda Peters, SHA administrator.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2013
After two pedestrians died and 13 were injured last summer on Ocean City streets, city officials and the State Highway Administration devised a campaign to get motorists and those on foot to be more aware of each other. The effort includes highly visible markings on crosswalks and signs directing pedestrians to them and retimed traffic signals to get vehicles to slow down. “Ocean City is one of Maryland's largest cities all summer, but every week there's turnover and a new population,” said Melinda Peters, SHA administrator.
NEWS
February 18, 2014
Congratulations and thanks to the city of Baltimore for a superb job in snow removal from the majority of the streets, done efficiently as far I can tell. There is always room for improvement, especially insofar as sidewalks and crosswalks are concerned. As a result of deep snow banks left on the sidewalks and crosswalks by the snow ploughs, walking in parts of the city can be very challenging besides being dangerous. As good citizens, the businesses and residents do great job in a conscientious manner.
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Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | November 16, 2012
A pedestrian, who police say was jaywalking on Ritchie Highway in Brooklyn Park Thursday night, died after being struck by a pickup truck. Cheryl Lynn Knick, 57, of the 5100 block of Brookwood Road in the same neighborhood, died at Harbor Hospital soon after the 7:44 p.m. accident on the highway, south of the intersection with 11th Avenue West. The truck was traveling south on the highway. Its driver, a 53-year-old Gambrills man, swerved to avoid the victim, who was not crossing at a designated crosswalk and had failed to yield to southbound traffic, police said.
EXPLORE
July 8, 2011
Wasting money on decorative brick crosswalks is not going to solve the traffic/speed problem on Rolling Road ("Rolling Road work may get on a fast track," Catonsville Times, June 22). Baltimore County might as well not do anything and not waste taxpayer money. We don't need fancy, expensive crosswalks on dangerous roads. Instead, we need a traffic light at Newburg Avenue and South Rolling Road. Newburg Avenue is a cut-through street for many neighborhoods. This intersection is highly confusing for motorists, pedestrians, high school students and bikers.
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