Two 2017 Senior Week: Staying Safe in Ocean City Programs

March 22 at Atholton High School and March 29 at Howard High School

Parents (and grandparents!) and high school seniors are invited to attend two 2017 Senior Week: Staying Safe in OC programs. Both events will begin at 7:00 PM. Once again, Ocean City Police Cpl. Howard Caplan and tentatively, Howard County Public School System's Mr. James McVey, IV (formerly with the Ocean City Beach Patrol) will provide safety tips while in the water, on the beach, crossing the busy highway, and much much more.

If you need to contact Corporal Howard Caplan at the Ocean City Police Department while your teen is away at Senior Week, you can reach him at 410-723-6610, 410-520-5299 (leave a voicemail), or by email at hcaplan@oceancitymd.gov

Click here for a printable 2017 Play It Safe calendar of  events for high school seniors going to beach week.

Parents and Teens, Must Read: True Beach Week Stories Submitted by Ho Co Residents

 #8: Been through it several times. A lot of drinking occurs throughout the week. Doesn't matter what you tell them or how great, mature etc. your student is...it's everywhere all week long. You have to prepare them to be safe, no jaywalking, stay together, check in etc. It is really hard to say no after they have looked forward to it for four years and their siblings have gone. Many, many underage drinking citations are given even if you do not have any alcohol with you or if you haven't been drinking. The police can give groups of kids citations if one has alcohol and they are all together as a group or at a party. The only way to stay 100% safe is not to go at all.

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After dangerous season in 2014, Ocean City hoping for calm seas this summer

By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun

It's the time of year when the sounds of crickets, lawn mowers and ice cream truck jingles fill the air. But at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, summer is marked by the whir of medevac helicopters.

"It's trauma season," said Kari Cheezum, the hospital's trauma program manager.

Nearby Ocean City is coming off a dangerous summer for beachgoers. Town lifeguards summoned ambulances an average of more than once a day last summer, more than twice as often as a year earlier, according to the Ocean City Beach Patrol. Three people drowned, a higher fatality count than officials usually see.

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