State Offers Free Safety Vest Loan for Trick or Treaters

Maryland State Highway Administration’s Vests for Visibility Program Promotes Pedestrian Safety during Halloween

(October 23, 2008) – On Friday, October 31, All Hallows Eve will cause witches and wizards, as well as Cinderellas and princes to crowd the streets in search of candy corn and lollipops. The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) is preparing to keep busy feet in plain sight and safe with the Vests for Visibility program.

Vests for Visibility lends safety vests to parents or guardians –- free of charge. The vests can be placed over children’s costumes, or it can be the costume along with a hard hat, a pair of jeans, a white t-shirt, and boots.

The vests will be available in most counties at many SHA Maintenance shops on Wednesday, October 29; Thursday, October 30 and Friday, October 31 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. Reflective vests will be issued on a first come, first served basis. Vests must be returned by Friday, November 7.

“There is nothing more frightening than a bump in the night that involves a car and a pedestrian,” said SHA Administrator and Governor’s Highway Safety Representative Neil J. Pedersen. “We urge everyone to Choose Safety for Life this Halloween. Pedestrians must stay visible, cross at crosswalks and intersections, while drivers must remain alcohol-free, obey speed limits and remain vigilant for pedestrians.

2008 Vests for Visibility Participating SHA Maintenance Shops

Calvert County
Prince Frederick Shop
MD 231 at MD 2/4
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Charles County
La Plata Shop
Washington Ave
La Plata, MD 20646

Marlboro Shop
6500 S.E. Crain Highway
Upper Marlboro, Md. 20870

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