(BALTIMORE – April 18, 2022) Ripken Baseball and the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s (MDOT MVA) Highway Safety Office today announced a partnership designed to keep Maryland’s highways among the safest in the nation.
Similar to the game of baseball adhering to a set of rules, Maryland has safe driving laws to protect all roadway users. As families across the country prepare for the start of the travel baseball tournament season at The Ripken Experience™ Aberdeen, MDOT MVA’s Highway Safety Office will share educational messaging to remind drivers about road safety while also displaying “hands-on” activations at the facility for all families.
“With our recent expansion to nine fields at the complex, we project a significant growth with our team participation and spectators,” said Lauren Morris, General Manager of The Ripken Experience™ Aberdeen. “We’re all in this together, and we want everyone to do their part to arrive and depart safely to enjoy their experience with us this season.”
In 2022, Ripken Baseball expects to host over 1,500 teams and 25,000 participants, bringing 100,000 visitors to Aberdeen. The Ripken Experience™ Aberdeen is a state-of-the-art complex featuring replicas of some of the most notable MLB ballparks of the modern era.
“We are excited to partner with Ripken Baseball to remind families traveling in Maryland for the upcoming tournaments about the importance of highway safety,” said MDOT MVA Administrator Chrissy Nizer, who also serves as Governor Larry Hogan’s Highway Safety Representative. “Just like in baseball, the goal is to reach home base, and we want to ensure families are making it home after the tournaments, too.”
Each year, more than 550 people die on Maryland roadways due to preventable causes. Impairment, excessive speed, distracted driving, and failure to wear a seat belt contribute to more than 88 percent of fatalities. The MDOT MVA’s Highway Safety Office also reminds families to ensure children are in the proper car seat based on their age, height and weight. Learn more at: ZeroDeathsMD.gov/ChildPassengerSafety
About Zero Deaths Maryland
The MDOT MVA’s Highway Safety Office is dedicated to saving lives and preventing injuries by reducing motor vehicle crashes through the administration of a comprehensive network of traffic safety programs. Learn more about the MDOT MVA’s Highway Safety Office at ZeroDeathsMD.gov or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @ZeroDeathsMD.
About Ripken Baseball
Ripken Baseball brings teammates, coaches, and families together through its Big-League Experiences, while teaching the values of the game, and how to play it the right way – the Ripken Way. Recently expanding the best experience in youth sports to satellite locations through Ripken Select Tournaments, Ripken Baseball continues to innovate the game through tournaments, camps, clinics, and spring training at their state-of-the-art baseball and softball facilities – The Ripken Experience™ Aberdeen (Maryland), The Ripken Experience™ Myrtle Beach (South Carolina), and The Ripken Experience™ Pigeon Forge (Tennessee).