Twenty-five people have been killed in highway accidents in Washington County so far in 2003, the most recent being early Monday near Big Pool, said 1st Sgt. Rick Narron of the Maryland State Police.
There were 26 deaths last year. There are 15 days left in this year.
This Friday, Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention month will officially get under way in Washington County. All area police agencies are increasing patrols through the holidays, concentrating on aggressive drivers, seat belt compliance, speed and alcohol use.
"We are really trying to find out why we have had so many fatalities in the past few years," said Andrea Harris, director of the Washington County Community Traffic Safety program. "Because we're at a loss, a special task force has been put together."