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Staying Safe on the Road
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on May 08, 2013 @ 7:27PM
Created on May 08, 2013 @ 6:31PM
 
5 News has reported several accidents recently.  These aren't just your everyday bumper to bumper accidents either. A lot of them are ending tragically.
 
Many people said they're shocked with how many fatal accidents have happened in our area. Police told 5 News it's unfortunate, but this tends to happen when the weather warms up.
 
Some people like to drive with the windows down and the music up when the weathers nice, which is okay if you still follow the rules of the road. One of the major reasons accidents tend to happen is speeding. Day to day life tends to be stressful, and you can get lost in thought while your driving or you're in a rush to get somewhere. But being safe is the most important thing.
 
Officials told 5 News texting while driving or even just talking on the phone can be very distracting and could cause an accident. Accidents happen because of drivers and motorcycle riders, but it can also be a pedestrians fault. A big tip for people crossing the road is to not jay walk. Only cross the street when you have the right of way. It's the same thing as drivers and riders, you may be busy and need to get somewhere fast but nothing is more important than your life. Sheriff Adam Gissy in Lewis County said everyone just needs to be a little more cautious.
 
"You know with summer approaching, we have a tendency to be out on the road far more. That being motorcycles, whatever motorist it might be, and I feel that it's imperative that people be more cognizant of their surrounding, pay attention to their speed, and to pay attention to their fellow drivers," said Sheriff Gissy. 
 
Some people told 5 News they're scared to drive half the time not because of themselves, but other people.
 
Here are some tips for you to stay safe:
 
  • Follow the road signs
  • Don't speed
  • Be alert, so don't text or do something else that would distract you while you're driving
  • Be cautious at intersections and construction areas
  • Keep your eyes on the road
  • Don't drive when you're tired
  • Buckle your seatbelt
  • Limit loose objects in your car
  • Lock your doors

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