The auto club urges motorists to be careful.
It's the final month of the summer vacation period, and also the dangerous. AAA Mid-Atlantic says August is the deadliest month on the roads across the country. "More and more people are taking those last minute summer vacations, longer road trips. And because of that, we typically see across the country, fatalities on the nation's roads increase during the month of August," says AAA spokeswoman Ragina Averilla.
But she says August is not the deadliest month on the highways in Maryland. "In fact, August ranks at the 9th deadliest month in Maryland," Averilla says. "When 32 of 488 fatalities occurred back in 2011."
However, that doesn't mean Maryland gets a pass when it comes to vehicle crashes in August. "While August isn't one of the deadliest months in Maryland, it does rank third for the number of reported injuries," says Averilla. "It's not say that crashes aren't occurring in Maryland in August, but, as far as the rankings, not in the top deadliest months." She says July and October are the deadliest months on the highways in Maryland.
However, many Marylanders travel out of state for their vacations during the month of August. No matter where you travel, AAA urges you to be cautious when out on the roads. That includes paying attention to traffic conditions and driving the speed limit. "Make sure your kids or your spouse aren't posing any added distractions when you're driving. Hands on the wheel, and no cell phone or texting while driving," Averilla says.
Part of the reason for August being a deadly month when it comes to traffic crashes could be that many school systems start classes during that time, as opposed to the day after Labor Day. "I know some of our schools will be opening the third week of August, and then some open in the very last week of August. That certainly could be a factor," Averilla says.
Frederick County Public Schools are scheduled to open on Monday, August 19th.