Sheriff Mike Griffis reacts to spike in Ector County fatal accidents

Sheriff Mike Griffis reacts to spike in Ector County fatal accidents

ECTOR COUNTY, TX (KWES) - There were three fatalities and one man left in critical condition after four major accidents between Friday and Saturday, last weekend.

The spike in accidents raising Ector County's traffic related death toll from 2 to 5 for the year 2018,  which means the weekend accounted for 60% of the year's fatal accidents.

In 2017, there were 20 traffic related deaths.

Ector County's Sheriff Mike Griffis believes the constant rise in the county's population could be leading to more dangerous driving conditions.

"We're beginning another oil boom, we got people coming in from all over the country, therefore our traffic is very hectic right now, very congested," said Griffis.

Griffis also wants drivers to realize the danger they can present every time they get behind the wheel.

"You need to be aware your driving a three to eight thousand pound weapon out there," said Griffis.

The Ector County sheriff also tells us in times of congestion its imperative that you don't text and drive and give yourself extra time to get where you're going so you don't have to rush.

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