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Sheriff Warns August Deadliest Month for Traffic Fatalities

The Carroll County Sheriff's Office is part of a statewide initiative to crack down on speeding, reckless, aggressive and impaired driving.

According the , August has proven to be the deadliest month in terms of traffic-related fatalities in Maryland. As a result, police have launched a statewide effort called "Toward Zero Deaths" to curb unsafe driving.

According to the Maryland Highway Safety office, during 2011 a person was killed on Maryland roadways every 18 hours, totaling 486 deaths for the year.  During the past decade, there have been proportionally more traffic-related deaths overnight in the month of August, making nighttime enforcement operations a focal point of current enforcement operations, according to a news release.

Speeding, reckless, aggressive and impaired driving remain the primary causes behind motor vehicle collisions, according to information released by the Maryland Highway Safety Office. 

The “Toward Zero Deaths campaign is a high-profile initiative that works towards the ultimate goal of zero traffic fatalities. 

Information in this article was taken from a Sheriff's Office news release.

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