The drive home from work is what police say is the most dangerous time of day for traffic accidents. And, with three crashes in three weeks on Missouri Highway 6, one sheriff is warning you to be extra careful.
Lewis County Sheriff David Parrish says one of the main problems along Highway 6 is drivers not paying attention to the double stripe in the middle of the road, meaning it's unsafe to pass.
"It is a very heavily traveled highway and is very dangerous at times," Parrish said.
Parrish says his office receives two to three complaints a day of drivers either speeding or illegally passing on Highway 6.
"Especially after 3 PM to about 6 or 7 PM because of the people going to second shift employment and people coming home from 1st shift employment," Parrish added.
Even with the recent accidents, residents say drivers still aren't paying attention.
"People passing and there's a lot of intersections out here. It scares you," Lewis County Resident John Van Order said.
Van Order lives along Highway 6 in the town of Tolona and says he's seen several close calls, especially with people passing at the bottom of a hill.
"She passed me in a 'No Passing Zone' and she just got over on the right lane just before she got to the top of the hill," Van Order said.
Parrish says it all goes back to simple driving skills of obeying the laws to prevent dangerous situations from happening.
"Always pay attention to your surroundings," Parrish said. "Be cautious of the other driver, not just what you're doing."
Parrish encourages drivers to pay extra attention in the coming weeks with more tractors and semis on the roads during harvest time.
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