Law enforcement officials urge caution during holiday driving season

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Two separate, deadly accidents that occurred on Region 8 roadways Tuesday, November 20 bring the total of deadly wrecks to 10 in a 4 week span.

The wrecks have happened before the busiest travel day of the year, the day before Thanksgiving, prompting law enforcement officials to urge safe driving habits.

"This time of year is always busy and the wrecks go up, unfortunately," Craighead County Sheriff elect, Marty Boyd told Region 8 News. He said the Craighead County Sheriff's Department, along with many others across the state are urging drivers to take caution as they hit the roadways for the holidays.
"We'll be doing more traffic control and increasing for the holidays," Boyd said, meaning more law enforcement will be on the roads to see if you're illegally texting and driving.
"Cell phone use is a major contributor of why we're seeing so many more wrecks these days," Boyd said. Boyd said if you must take a phone call or text message, "pull over. Get off the roadway because nothing's worth losing control of your vehicle or not paying attention and crossing the center line."
Boyd said even if you don't text and drive, that doesn't mean you should let your guard down.
"Be defensive driving always and use caution. Pay attention to what your doing," Boyd said. Pay attention to those around you as well.
He added that if you're having trouble concentrating on the roads because of an urge to sleep as opposed to an urge to text, take a break.
"Get out of the car, walk around. Get some fresh air to wake you up, refresh yourself. Or, get a hotel room if you're that tired," Boyd said.

According to our records, in five weeks, there have been eleven deadly accidents on Region 8 roads.

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