According to a press release from the Maine State Police, 2022 is shaping up to be a very deadly year on Maine's roads and highways.

The fact that 2021 was a very safe year makes this even more concerning.

In January of 2022, 13 people lost their lives in traffic crashes.  This is compared to 7 people in Jnaruary of 2021.  In February, 14 people passed away.  In February of 2021, there were 11 traffic fatalities.

So far, in March, there have been 5 fatalities.  In all of March of 2021, there were only 5 fatalities.

In hopes that Maine drivers will do what they can to try to prevent fatal accidents, the State of Maine has put out a list of things you can do to prevent fatal crashes.

  • -Be courteous and cautious when you take to Maine roads.  Also, SLOW DOWN.  Allow plenty of time to get where you are going so there will be no reason to speed.
  • -Be a defensive driver and focus on NOTHING but driving.  Eating, drinking, shaving, applying makeup, and using your phone (even when you're using a hands-free device) can wait.
  • -Buckle Up!  Seatbelts in combination with airbags can prevent serious injuries or death if you do end up getting into an accident.
  • --Don't drive impaired.  If you have been drinking, taking drugs, or using prescirption medications with warnings, find a driver who is completely sober.
  • -If you see something concerning, say something!  Call 911 to report speeding or erratic driving can help prevent tragedy.

By doing our part, we can all but eliminate serious and fatal traffic crashes.