Winter Storms Increase Risk of Traffic Deaths

The predicted weather for the next few days is favorable if you like snow, but not for safety on the roads. With the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) citing traffic accidents as the leading cause of death during winter storms, the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office is reminding travelers that despite adverse conditions, many accidents can be avoided.

Sheriff Tim Donnellon says, “What people need to understand is that a high percentage of traffic fatalities are the result of poor decision making. In bad weather, it may come down to something as simple as canceling a trip for a day.” The Sheriff says if you do have, “to go out, watch your speed, don’t try to drive too far if you’re tired, and make sure your vehicle has the proper equipment needed for the conditions. The most important thing to always wear safety belts and never get behind the wheel after having too much to drink.”

Other tips Sheriff Donnellon suggests for safe travel include: checking your tires, engine oil, antifreeze, and brakes before leaving on a trip, allowing plenty of extra braking space in slippery conditions and in the case of break down, don’t venture far from your vehicle to seek help.

If you have any further questions on staying safe during the winter driving season, contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office at (810) 987-1700.