The Maryland Highway Safety Office (MHSO) is a division of the MDOT Motor Vehicle Administration. We work very closely with traffic safety partners to share a simple message with the public: crashes are no accident. Through our work, federal, state, and local governments, along with schools, health departments, law enforcement, and other public and private groups come together to share this message.
But “Us” includes one more key figure – the public. Each driver, passenger, motorcyclist, pedestrian, and bicyclist has a responsibility to watch out for others on the road. Simply put, we all must come together and do the right thing when using our roads.
Often, people think of violent crime as more dangerous and more important, but the fact is that the number of traffic deaths far outweighs the number of murders in the U.S. More importantly, crashes are a leading cause of death until a person reaches age 65. We want the public to see that traffic crashes are every bit as bad as violent crimes and other occurrences that usually grab people’s attention.
We continue to make progress with each awareness campaign and safety program, but there is still much work to be done and we need your help.
In 2018, deaths and injuries from crashes on Maryland’s roads decreased for the first time in years. That’s good, but the only acceptable number is zero. Our goal is to have drivers and pedestrians making the right decisions on our roadways. Drive sober, wear a seat belt, be free of distraction while walking or driving, obey speed limits, and always cross streets at crosswalks. Each crash is avoidable.
Our message is simple – every life counts.