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Maryland State Police to have extra troopers on patrol Friday

October 09, 2008

The Maryland State Police Hagerstown Barrack will be participating in the annual Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day on Friday.

The Hagerstown Barrack will be placing extra troopers on patrol for enforcement throughout Washington County that day.

"We are encouraging the public to take a greater stand in keeping themselves and their loved ones from becoming a fatality statistic, by obeying all traffic laws, including buckling up every ride, driving the posted speed limit, avoiding distractions while driving such as talking on cell phones and text messaging, and always being safe and sober behind the wheel," state police said a news release.

The goal of participating in the annual Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day is to unite the country in achieving one full day of zero traffic deaths by encouraging safer behavior and actions and by promoting safer roadways, the release said.

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 6 through 33, state police said. About 42,000 traffic fatalities occur every year -- a rate of about 115 per day or one every 13 minutes, according to the release.

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"Whether as a driver, passenger, pedestrian or cyclist, by working together in a concerted effort, we can make a difference to stop the carnage on our nation's roads," the release said.

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