Maryland State Police is reminding drivers not to drive impaired or distracted during the holidays

MARYLAND - With Christmas and New Year's approaching, Maryland State Police is reminding drivers about the dangers of driving impaired and driving distracted, on Thursday.

According to Maryland State Police, through November 30, there have been 97 DUI related fatalities reported in the state, including 33 that were investigated by state police.

This reportedly compares to 97 statewide (44 investigated by Maryland State Police) over the same period last year. In recent weeks, troopers have reportedly investigated several crashes that led to deaths, multiple injuries and/or extended lane closures and traffic delays.

On the Eastern Shore:

On December 11, a four vehicle crash in Talbot County reportedly led to two people being flown to Shock Trauma. 31-year-old Katie Cray Long of Centreville, is being investigated for driving under the influence as she was driving westbound in the eastbound lanes of Route 50, when she allegedly struck three vehicles, including one head-on.

Troopers from each of the 23 Maryland State Police barracks, who patrol every county, say that they will continue to focus enforcement efforts on impaired driving, aggressive driving, speeding, distracted driving and other violations that can lead to highway tragedies, especially during the holiday season.

More troopers will reportedly be working overtime assignments monetarily provided by highway safety grants from the Maryland Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office.

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