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Increase in Automobile Accidents

By: Autria Godfrey
By: Autria Godfrey

November 29, 2006

Accident, after accident, .after accident.

This was the current trend for our area with the rescue
squad responding to nearly a dozen car wrecks in just the
last 24 hours.

"It's been abnormally busy yesterday and today with the
accidents," Rescue Squad Duty Chief Farrell Long said.

Abnormally busy, maybe, but surprising, no. Long says this
holiday time of year is the worst when it comes to car
wrecks.

"It's a lot more hazardous out there because people are in
a rush, it's the holidays, they want to get their shopping
done," Long said.

And when you couple that hustle with cell phone
distractions and highly congested areas, well, accidents
happens.

"AAA research over 15 years ago indicated that at any
one given moment, 37% of drivers just aren't paying
attention. That was long before we had this prolific use of
cell phones," Driver Education teacher Richard Wharam said.

The drastic increase in accidents our area had seen these
last two days was starting to wear on the already
understaffed rescue squad.

"We run short staffed to begin with and we were lucky
enough today to pick up an additional crew which gave us
enough to cover all," Long said.

Because so many students serve as volunteers, Long said
the holiday season leaves them shorthanded during their
most demanding time

"We are definitely running thin through the holidays
because a lot of our personnel are students who just
simply go home during the holidays," Long said.

Although the rescue squad said this time is their hardest
with so few workers, because of their working relationship with the local fire departments, the service they provide does not suffer


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