Town of Ocean City Reminds You to “Enjoy Fall” Safely
Ocean City, MD – (September 15, 2022): This fall, thousands of visitors will be coming to Ocean City to experience the autumn weather and participate in our many seasonal events. “Our fall season is a favorite time of year for our locals and vacationers alike,” commented Mayor Rick Meehan. “While we are excited to welcome everyone this season, we want to make sure everyone stays safe during their stay.”
The Town of Ocean City would like to remind residents and guests of the following tips so everyone can stay safe and “Enjoy Fall” in Ocean City.
- Keep Your Feet In The Sand Until the Lifeguard Is In the Stand: Ocean City beaches have recently been experiencing strong ocean conditions, including the presence of rip currents. Swimmers should exercise extreme caution. The Ocean City Beach Patrol will be on duty through Sunday, September 25.However, stands are farther apart, so beachgoers should remember to swim near a lifeguard and to keep your feet in the sand until the lifeguard is in the stand!
Walk, Drive, and Bike Smart: When navigating through Ocean City, whether on foot, by bicycle, or in a vehicle, remember to keep your full attention on the roadway. It is imperative to be free from distractions like texting, using music or mobile devices and eating and drinking while driving. Cheswick and the OC Walk Smart, Drive Smart, Bike Smart campaign focus on helping residents and visitors reach their destination safely and stay safe while in Ocean City.
Cheswick reminds pedestrians to Walk Smart with the following tips:
- Press the crosswalk button before crossing Coastal Highway.
- Cross at and within marked crosswalks.
- Follow all traffic signal signs and lane markings. Look, pay attention, then cross.
- Make eye contact and be seen by drivers.
Cheswick reminds drivers to Drive Smart:
- Drive sober: Never drive a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
- Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks. It’s the law in Maryland.
- Slow down. Watch for pedestrians and yield to pedestrians, especially when turning.
- Keep your eyes on the road.
- Avoid all distractions. It’s illegal to text and use hand-held devices while driving.
- Share the road with bicyclists and give 3 feet of space when passing.
- Check your rearview and/or side mirror for bikes in the bike lane before turning right.
- Avoid driving in bus lanes.
Cheswick also reminds bicyclists to Bike Smart:
- Stop at all red lights and stop signs.
- Ride in the direction of traffic flow.
- Do not ride on the sidewalk. It’s illegal and dangerous.
- Ride sober. Never ride a bicycle while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
- Avoid distractions and pay attention.
- Use bike lights if riding after dark.
“There is plenty to enjoy this fall in Ocean City, but we want to make sure everyone does so safety,” commented Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan. “Whether you are here for one of our great fall events or just enjoy the crisp ocean air, remember to put safety first this busy fall season.”