ELKTON, MD. – County Executive Alan McCarthy and Cecil County Sheriff Scott Adams have announced the completion of the first-ever Cecil County Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP).
The SHSP, a joint effort between Cecil County Government (CCG) and the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), was developed over the past year by a committee comprised of representatives from various CCG departments; CCSO; other local, state, regional, and federal agencies; the Cecil County Fireman’s Association, and several of the municipalities in Cecil County. The committee held a public meeting to solicit input from members of the public in April 2018; written comments from the public were accepted as well.
The County SHSP is intended to complement the State of Maryland’s state-level plan, and identifies actions that can be taken at the local level to reduce the frequency and severity of motor vehicle crashes, including those involving bicyclists and pedestrians, which occur on roadways in Cecil County. The plan covers the period from October 1, 2018 thru December 31, 2020 so as to align with the State’s plan. It outlines a total of 20 action items, organized into three different categories – Engineering; Enforcement; and Emergency Medical Services – which are intended to improve safety on roadways in Cecil County.
Implementation of the plan will be overseen by an Executive Council (to be co-chaired by the County Executive and Cecil County Sheriff), with implementation being done by a Steering Committee and the Engineering, Enforcement, and Emergency Medical Services working groups which developed the plan.
Progress will be monitored using five metrics:
• The number of fatalities which occur on roadways in Cecil County;
• The number of serious injuries which occur on roadways in Cecil County;
• The fatality rate in Cecil County as a result of motor vehicle crashes;
• The serious injury rate in Cecil County as a result of motor vehicle crashes;
• The number of non-motorized fatalities and serious injuries which occur on roadways in Cecil County, including pedestrians and bicyclists.
“The Sheriff’s Office was eager to participate in the preparation of the Cecil County SHSP by partnering with state and local agencies to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes on our roadways,” said Sheriff Scott Adams. “We are committed to improving the quality of life throughout Cecil County with the implementation of this plan and striving to provide a secure community environment.”
“Highway safety is everyone’s responsibility. We could have the best designed roads, but none of that would matter without responsible drivers. This plan takes all aspects of safety into account and encourages us all to do our part to help everyone to arrive safely,” said John Donohue, Deputy Director of the Cecil County Department of Emergency Services.
The State of Maryland’s current SHSP covers the five year period 2016-2020, with the next plan covering from 2021-2025. It is anticipated that the Cecil County SHSP will be updated in 2020 to cover the period from 2021-2025 as well.
The complete Cecil County Strategic Highway Safety Plan is available on the County website.