Road safety a topic of concern after recent deadly crashes

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The roads have been a deadly place for the past few days here in Region 8. In just three days eight people have died from accidents. The cause of those accidents can be a number of things.

"Distractions can involve a phone or a child," said Paragould Police Officer Brad Snyder. "Anything can come into play operating a motor vehicle and people need to realize that those vehicles are four thousand pound bullets basically."

With more people out on the road this time of year, many drivers try to avoid the times where traffic is heaviest.

"It's pretty common for people to want to travel with less traffic congestion," said Cpl. Snyder. "They drive typically early in the morning or late in the evening or throughout the night for that matter."

He said driving during those hours is not always the best idea.

"Get enough sleep for one and make sure you are well rested before you travel," said Cpl. Snyder.

The accidents in the past three days have been at all times of the day and night. Snyder said no matter what time of day it is, it's important to take breaks.

"Anytime that you can, take a few minutes just to pull over and rest and to stretch your legs," said Cpl. Snyder.

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