The Orono Police Department, in conjunction with the University of Maine, is launching the “Heads Up” Pedestrian/Crosswalk Safety campaign. In 2015, the State of Maine experienced the highest number of pedestrian deaths in almost 20 years. Here in Orono, we have received numerous complaints of “near misses” of pedestrians in crosswalks, and of drivers simply not stopping for pedestrians waiting to cross.
Our goal is to simply bring awareness to all drivers in Orono, to slow down and pay attention for pedestrians trying to cross in crosswalks. We are also reminding pedestrians to use crosswalks and sidewalks where possible, avoid wearing dark clothing at night, and look both ways before crossing a road. At night, we recommend wearing reflective clothing and carrying a flashlight.
Be on the lookout for campaign signs promoting “Heads Up”, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and please pass on our message in order to help keep Orono safe.