Recent increase in EMS calls


There has been an increase in EMS calls recently because of the spring weather. 

The increased amount of calls are due to seasonal growth, sun glare, decreased visibility due to rain and fog, a rise in road rage, dehydration and increased pedestrian and bike traffic.

When the sun is shining and the weather is warmer, the more comfortable people feel behind the wheel and tend not to pay attention as much in these perfect road conditions.  

Michael Mooers, Paramedic of Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services said,  “It is really easy to take your eye off the road so to speak, the next moment you look there is a kid in front of you or a deer or animal or another driver that is just not paying attention.”

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Road Weather Management Program, nearly 54% of car accidents occur during spring months.

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