TransIT will get to keep its bragging rights for a little longer.
For the second consecutive year, the Transportation Association of Maryland named TransIT Services the "Best Large Fixed Route System" in the state.
TransIT took home the "Best Fixed Route System" for its safety record, commitment to service and ability to evolve to meet customers' needs.
The association also picked TransIT-plus driver Ray Milburn as Maryland's "Para-transit Driver of the Year," an award clinched by another county driver last year.
Milburn was nominated by TransIT and his co-workers for the award. He takes his passengers on 100 trips per week, according to a release from TransIT, racking up an average of 750 miles.
He was honored during the Transportation Association of Maryland's Annual Conference with a plaque and jacket.
National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month
December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, so the Frederick County Health Department is reminding everyone to celebrate responsibly.
There were 16 fatal crashes in Frederick County in 2012, the department said, citing figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
One in four of those crashes involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
The county averaged 20 fatal collisions each year during the past five years, and about 32 percent involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
The Motor Vehicle Administration reported that the number of people killed in Maryland crashes involving an impaired driver decreased from 173 in 2011 to 161 last year.
However, impaired driving remains one of the leading causes of death on the road.
Statewide, an average of 175 people died each year in the past five years in crashes involving either alcohol or drugs.
Even if it doesn't end in tragedy, drunken driving can lead to legal trouble. Police arrested more than 22,000 people last year for driving under the influence, according to the MVA.
The health department reminded people never to drink and drive and advised planning ahead for holiday parties.
Partygoers who plan to indulge in some eggnog can designate a sober driver before celebrating, plan to call a taxi or use public transportation (such as the award-winning TransIT system).
People should also never let someone who has been drinking get behind the wheel, the health department said. People who suspect an impaired driver can dial #77 from their cellphone or call 911 to report it.
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