May is a busy month in Ocean City. With celebrated events such as Springfest and a popular holiday weekend such as Memorial Day, Ocean City will likely see thousands of visitors during the month. While everyone enjoys the warmer weather and the increased activity, it’s also important to note several safety messages that are observed this month.
Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is a national initiative aimed at getting motorists and motorcyclists to “share the road” with each other. Motorcycles are vehicles with the same rights and privileges as any motor vehicle on the roadway. All motorists are reminded to safely “share the road” with motorcycles and be extra alert to keep motorcyclists safe. Also, motorcyclists are reminded to make themselves visible to other motorists.
May is also Bicycle Safety Awareness Month. The Ocean City Police Department encourages bicycling as an alternate mode of transportation to a motor vehicle, however, wants bicyclists to be safe while pedaling. Not only are bicyclists encouraged to wear helmets, but also bicyclists should operate like a vehicle on the street, in the same direction as other traffic. In addition, since bicycles in the roadway are considered vehicles, bicyclists must obey all traffic laws, including stopping at stop signs, red lights and for pedestrians.
Lastly, May is the beginning of Click It or Ticket, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s campaign to remind motorists to buckle their seatbelt. In 2009, 23,382 occupants of passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans and SUVs were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes across the U.S.. Of those, 53 percent of fatally injured passenger vehicle occupants were not wearing seat belts at the time of the fatal crash. During Click It or Ticket, officers, deputies and troopers will intensify their usual enforcement of child passenger safety laws and seat belt laws by setting up enforcement activities such as seat belt enforcement zones and extra patrols. Drivers and adult front seat passengers failing to restrain themselves and their child passengers will be ticketed with no exceptions.
As we celebrate the beginning of the summer season and all of the wonderful events and activities that Ocean City has to offer this month, it is also important to remember safety. With thousands of vehicles making their way to the beach this May, the Ocean City Police Department is hopeful that both residents and visitors will stay safe on the roadways as they make their way to and from Ocean City.