July 26, 2007

Impaired driving. Seat belts. Speeding. Pedestrian safety. What issues are most important to you? The Department of Public and Community Health (Health and Human Performance) at the University of Maryland, with the support of the Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration and the Maryland Highway Safety Office, is trying to find out. Through Aug. 15, county residents are able to take a survey online and anonymously give their two-cents' worth on the important public safety issues in their county. Kenneth Beck, professor of public and community health at the University of Maryland and survey coordinator, said they have been doing a telephone survey for the past four years but have found there's a need for county-specific data. "The telephone survey is good on a state level, but we don't get enough respondents to represent the smaller counties, he said. 'With the Web site, we will be able to address the particular issues for each county.'

Cumberland Times-News, July 24

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