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Adrian, MI.-With the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) citing traffic accidents as the leading cause of death during winter storms, the lenawee County Sheriffs Office is reminding travelers that despite adverse conditions, many accidents can be avoided.
"What a lot of people need to understand is that a high percentage of traffic fatalities are a result of poor decision-making," says Sheriff Welsh. "In bad weather, it may come down to something as simple as postponing travel for a day. If you do have to brave the elements then watch your speed, don't try to drive too far if you're tired, and make sure your vehicle is equipped with the necessary equipment for the conditions. Most importantly, always wear safety belts and never get behind the wheel after having too much to drink."
In 2013, 881 people were killed and 51,949 were injured in crashes. In almost half of these crashes weather was cited as part or all of the reason for the crash. Despite statistics showing that seat belt usage in the U.S. has increased over the years with more than 90% of travelers now buckling up, there is still room for improvement. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that if all drivers and passengers wore seatbelts, approximately 5,000 lives a year would be spared nationwide. With the early arrival of winter weather Sheriff Welsh suggests the following safety tips for safe travel:
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