FORD COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — Sheriff Mark Doran says roads in the county are more dangerous than usual and he’s concerned for drivers’ safety.
Doran says more people are dying on the roads and he wants drivers to know he’s taking the increase in deaths very seriously. All may appear fine now, but officials say fatal accidents are up.
“Since the first of the year, we have had at least ten traffic fatalities in Ford County.”
It’s nearly three times what they’re used to seeing this time of year.
“I have never seen the fatality crashes like I have now and it’s all senseless.”
Sheriff Doran says most of the deaths are preventable.
“Either texting, talking on the phone, putting on makeup, eating. I’ve seen all of it.”
He says it has to stop before another life is lost.
“We all have families that travel these roadways. Every one of us and to get that call that your loved one died in a crash is just horrible.”
The sheriff is taking action and warns drivers can expect to see more police presence and an increase in citations for violations like speeding and distracted driving.
Sheriff Doran wants people on the roads to stay focused, slow down and hang up cellphones while driving.