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Pay attention to LEOs on our roadways this holiday season


As police step up holiday safety patrols, motorists are urged to drive safely, and slow down and move over

Provided by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last New Year's Eve, Corporal Courtney Brooks of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police was setting out cones along a busy interstate highway to keep commercial vehicles from entering downtown Baltimore during the New Year's celebration. Shortly before midnight, a sport utility vehicle struck and fatally injured the 13-year veteran officer. The female driver fled the scene but was arrested the next morning.

Corporal Brooks was one of seven officers killed in the line of duty on the nation's roadways last holiday season-the period between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day when millions of Americans are driving and police officers nationwide are stepping up patrols. In all of 2007, a record 83 law enforcement officers died in traffic-related incidents in the United States.

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