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Authorities: Driver safety begins with awareness
Urge extra caution as days shorten, temps drop
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Forsyth County News

FORSYTH COUNTY — A car crash is never fun. When multiple high-profile wrecks happen in a short span, the “why’s” of possible explanations begin to string together.

In the wake of several recent crashes involving serious injuries, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents to stay safe on the road and drive carefully, especially in areas of high congestion.

The end of daylight saving time and the approaching holiday season mean more traffic after dark.

Fortunately, there have been no recent fatalities on Forsyth County roads. But Robin Regan, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said authorities have seen too many accidents over the last few weeks.

A two-vehicle crash Oct. 23 at the entrance to Silver City Elementary School near the Forsyth-Dawson County line sent two adults and two children to area hospitals.

Four days later, a sheriff’s deputy was struck by a vehicle while directing morning traffic in front of Coal Mountain Elementary School on Hwy. 369.

On Oct. 29, a multi-vehicle wreck at Old Atlanta and Gilbert roads left four people with serious injuries.

Traffic can back up in areas that become extra congested for the holidays, such as shopping centers or major highways, Regan said.

Mornings and weekends are a prime time for traffic delays.

Regan said drivers should make sure to stay a safe distance behind the car in front of them and to be “aware of extra vehicles on the road.”

“Not every accident is a direct result of the holidays and extra congestion,” Regan said.

But, he added, it’s something to remain aware of as those lists for Black Friday and stocking stuffers grow longer.