Motor vehicle collisions in area on the rise

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Calls for service up for Sackville Fire & Rescue

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Sackville’s fire chief is cautioning motorists to slow down and put down their cell phones when driving, saying a lot of accidents could be avoided by following these simple rules.

Craig Bowser said the Sackville Fire & Rescue department saw its calls for service increase once again last month, with four of the 15 calls in June being for motor vehicle accidents.

He said the number of MVAs in the region has been on the rise for a while now.

“In the last two years, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in motor vehicle collisions, “ Bowser reported during town council’s monthly meeting last Monday evening.

He points out, however, that many of those accidents are preventable.

 “If people would just slow down and take their time, they would get where they’re going a lot safer,” he said.

This year, out of the 90 calls for service between January and June, the fire & rescue department responded to 22 motor vehicle accidents.

“A lot of those could be prevented if people would slow down and take their cell phones out of their hands while driving,” Bowser reiterated.

Overall, the department’s calls for service are up as well, with local volunteer firefighters having to respond to 101 calls as of last week. That number is high for mid-July, said Bowser, as the department, in an average year, usually responds to a total of about 135 calls.

Organizations: Sackville Fire Rescue department

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