(Juneau) As summer approaches and travel becomes more frequent, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help in reducing crashes. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says with increasing speed, drivers increase their stopping distance when an obstacle suddenly presents itself. He adds faster speeds also increase the force of impact and severity of injury. Motorists are encouraged to slow down, take extra time at intersections, wear their seatbelts, avoid distractions while driving and not drive after consuming alcohol or prescription medications. Schmidt says the sheriff’s office is providing reminders to drive safely including roadside traffic enforcement signs, increased visibility of squad cars in high crash areas and directed patrols by deputies through on-duty and grant funded efforts. However, Schmidt says the most impactful thing a motorist can do is simply follow the law. Dodge County has experienced eight traffic fatalities this year, the same as all of last year; the five-year average is 13. Columbia County has also seen eight fatal crashes while Jefferson and Green lake counties have seen two, Fond du Lac three and Washington County four.