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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- The Maryland State Highway Administration announced Friday that they will be taking immediate steps to enhance pedestrian safety along US 1 in College Park, Md.

"We thank President Loh for hosting the meeting today and for each of the attendees affirming his/her organization's commitment to enhancing pedestrian safety along US 1. With everyone involved committing resources for enforcement, engineering and education, the collective effort will be much more impactful," said Administrator Peters.

Authorities said many of the recent pedestrian crashes along this route are due to late night crowds crossing the road and not using the cross walks or stepping into oncoming traffic.

"At SHA, safety is our top priority and we are very concerned by the latest heartbreaking tragedies here in College Park. We remain committed to working in partnership with the University, student body, school and county police and US 1businesses on a multi-faceted approach to improve safety," added Administrator Peters.

The administration should have a full evaluation of safety along US 1 and will have a pedestrian road safety audit report early summer.

In addition, the State Highway Administration is working with the University of Maryland on a safety education effort to help inform and remind pedestrians and drivers along US 1 about the basic rules of the road.

"As we work with the University and other partners, SHA reminds pedestrians in College Park to look up, stay alert, use marked crosswalks and follow the pedestrian signal indications. Designate a responsible friend to remain sober and make sure everyone gets home safely," said Administrator Peters. "At the same time, we remind drivers to be particularly alert along US 1 - to follow the posted speed limit and stop for pedestrians. By following the rules of the road and looking out for each other, we can prevent crashes and save lives."

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