Simple Solutions To Make Maryland Roads Safer
Maryland lawmakers are looking to make roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists with a new legislation; however, progress has been slow. Currently, the road infrastructure is outdated and has remained relatively unchanged since its construction in the 1960s.
Del. Vaughn Stewart first proposed the Pedestrian Safety Act but outlined that immediate change can happen much sooner with the help of drivers. In other words, there are several things that Maryland drivers can do to help prevent unnecessary harm and even death to pedestrians.
Simple Car Safety
When choosing a car, the number of choices available can feel overwhelming. However, finding the right vehicle can be the first step in creating safer roads for Maryland residents. The Maryland DOT has sought to employ an innovative solution to highway crashes on the Capital Beltway Outer Loop within the past year. High-velocity metal pellets are pounded into the asphalt to create better traction for vehicle tires. The change is likely to increase friction for vehicles tires while increasing drainage by 70%. However, drivers should consider their vehicle selection based on local road conditions to prevent further threats to pedestrian life. For example, remove summer tires with low tread before driving in ice and snow. So, when choosing a car, consider how and when the vehicle is most used, whether in warm or cold weather.
The Pedestrian Safety Act’s Core
Driving safe does not always mean having the newest or safest car on the market. While it should be obvious that good brakes and tires are essential, they are not the only variables to consider. The bill will likely seek to change roads to make them smaller. The belief is that more narrow streets will help decrease driving speed, and therefore, help to prevent fatal pedestrian accidents. The bill will enforce new speed limits in highly trafficked areas like urban developments, and school zones.
While the Pedestrian Safety Act seeks to make Maryland roads safer, only one part of the change is required. Maryland residents must take an active role in this reform by looking into personal practices and vehicles. For example, driving a little slower in urban environments could mean the difference between an accident and a fatal accident. New practices by both state officials and motorists must work together to ensure cyclists and pedestrians have a safe space to commute.