PIKESVILLE, Md. (AP) — State Police and the Motor Vehicle Administration are urging residents to exercise caution after three pedestrians were struck and killed over the weekend.

Troopers say the fatal accidents happened on Saturday in Prince George’s County and Monday in Harford and Caroline counties. One pedestrian was killed by a hit-and-run driver; all three incidents occurred after dark.

State Police Superintendent Col. Marcus Brown says more than 100 pedestrians are killed each year in Maryland. He urged pedestrians to make sure they are visible after dark by wearing retro-reflective material and to cross only in marked intersections and crosswalks.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (5)
  1. Jeanne says:

    There would be far fewer of these incidents if we would simply return to the common sense policy of looking both ways before crossing the street. And then, if a vehicle is coming, DON’T CROSS! Too many pedestrians just waltz right on out without even looking. A driver might be distracted, or have insufficient time to slam on the brakes, or he may just be enraged by one too many presumptuous pedestrians and decide to make an example of this one. Whether the driver is jailed or sued as a result doesn’t matter: the pedestrain is still dead. So, pedestrians: don’t challenge a car; you won’t win.

  2. Jeanne says:

    Right – and what about us pedestrians who do just that, yet the driver suddenly decides to turn on red without bothering to look? Or those in a legal crosswalk – who started crossing when nothing was coming – and suddenly a car or cars appear and DO NOT stop? I can’t begin to tell you how often this has occurred. Right on Howard St., before North Ave. there used to be a sign that said state law gives pedestrians the right of way. The sign was knocked down again and again by vehicles. Go figure.

  3. larryag says:

    stop giving teens cars, alcohol and cell phones

  4. bernard Mc Kernan says:

    Get the earphones out of their ^&%^$#@(* ears.

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