REED CITY - With the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) citing traffic accidents as the leading cause of death during winter storms, the Osceola County Sheriff’s 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 Jim Crawford. “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.”