Streetsboro Police officers had a busy morning Dec. 11, responding to four accidents around town involving a total of 14 vehicles.
According to the department's Facebook page, there were no injuries, but traffic was backed up on Route 14 for a while.
Two crashes occurred on Route 14 near the turnpike, a seven-vehicle crash and a separate two vehicle crash. The seven-vehicle crash took place at 5:48 a.m. and no charges have been filed related to it, according to Streetsboro Police Lt. Darin Powers.
The second crash occurred at 6:32 a.m., and one motorist has been charged with failure to provide assured clear distance ahead.
A three-car took place on Route 14 near Classic Drive at 6:37 a.m. One motorist was charged with failure to provide assured clear distance ahead.
Another one took place on an exit ramp from Frost Road to Interstate 480 involving two vehicles. One motorist was charged with failure to provide assured clear distance in that wreck, as well, according to Powers.
Police: Keep alert
behind the wheel
Powers said motorists need to be at their most alert behind the wheel, particularly during rush hour when traffic is congested.
One problem in the morning is drowsy third-shift workers heading home on little or no sleep.
"If you're getting to the point where you feel yourself nodding off, get off the side of the road or have a cup of coffee," he said.
Others need to leave more space. Every accident Dec. 11 stemmed from a failure to provide assured clear distance between one car the vehicle it was following.
While it depends on each motorist's skills and reaction time, Powers said most drivers should leave 10 feet between their car the car in front of them for each 10 mph.
For example, a person driving 20 mph through a school zone should be 20 feet behind the vehicle in front, and a motorist traveling 60 mph on the highway should follow the vehicles at a distance of no less than 60 feet.
"Just pay attention to give yourself room," Powers advised. "These crashes happen because cars follow the car in front of them too closely."
Part of paying attention is putting away cell phones and other distractions, turning the music down and keeping eyes on the road, he said.
Other distractions may include putting makeup on, texting and driving, allowing pets to have the run of the front of the car, eating and reading in the car, said Powers.
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