Crab the Lifeguard watched over Coastal Highway this summer, and it will watch over other Maryland roads as schools start.
Ocean City has a new mascot — a crab dressed as a lifeguard. It appeared on billboards and in public service announcements this summer.
Police in Ocean City credit the crab with contributing to a 56 percent reduction in pedestrian crashes so far this year. Now Maryland's State Highway Administration plans to use the crab in school programs across the state.
Spokesperson Lora Rakowski says the mascot has been very popular.
"People identify with the crab," she says. "They're posting photos of themselves with the crab on social media, so it's been an effective way to reach people on a friendly level."
The Highway Administration will roll out new school programs throughout the fall.