'You need to pay attention': Middle Georgia officers seeing more wrecks because of rain

Captain Brad Wolfe with the Bibb County Sheriff's Office urges drivers to slow down and pay attention in the rain/Shannon Lilly (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- Heavy rain and flooding has made it difficult for some drivers to get to and from their destinations recently.

The constant rain has some some roads extremely slick, but people still need to travel.

TripAdviser's annual Memorial Day Travel Survey reported that travel is up by six percent in 2018, and more than 70 percent of those travelers are driving.

Captain Brad Wolfe with the Bibb County Sheriff's Office said with the amount of rain over the midstate recently, there's also been an increase in the number of accidents law enforcement has been responding to.

"When the roads are wet your ability is going to be compromised a little bit by that factor alone so you don't need to go as fast as you might normally. You need to pay attention to other drivers and the conditions and give a little respect to that water. It's a lot more powerful force than some people realize," said Wolfe.

Wolfe said that drivers should check their vehicles for good tread depth and air pressure before making trips.

Cathy Clevenger made the trip from Savannah to Atlanta on Monday, and said she's seeing the impact of the wet weather out on the road.

"We did see a couple of accidents where I think cars had hydroplaned and gone off the road. Saw police lights and stuff so there have been times the rain has been really heavy, times it's let off some. Traffic is moving slower than usual," said Clevenger.

Clevenger said she's taking extra precaution by driving slower and staying in the passing lane where she said there's less water.

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