Monroe County- In just nine days - four car crashes killed five people from the Poconos.
Corporal Matt Nero of the Pocono Regional Police told Eyewitness News on Sunday " It's been a tragic month in our community we have lost a lot of young people."
This past Friday night ... 25 year old Jason Frey of Brodheadsvile was killed on Interstate 80 in Warren County New Jersey. Police say 23 year old Amanda Rivera was intoxicated and drove the wrong way on Interstate 80 colliding with Frey's car.
Frey was killed and his passenger injured. Corporal Matt Nero says people don't always think of the consequences of what could happen when they get behind the wheel.
This past Thursday .... 64 year old William Mount of Kunkletown was killed when he lost control of his pick up truck and drove into a brick pillar in Polk Township.
On December 18th - high school senior Brianna Bunyan of Hemlock Farms died from injuries she sustained after a collision on Bushkill Falls Road in Lehman Township ... Days later, 15 year old Justin Curry of Tobyhanna and 16 year old Brian Felder... died after a collision on Interstate 196 and Echo Lake Road in Coolbaugh Township.. Corporal Nero says crashes like these could have been avoided. " A lot of it is road rage, driving under the influence, a lot of it was high speed, not wearing seat belts So that's why we're out here trying to preach that "
Police say traffic in the Poconos has been heavy due to the holiday's and ski season . Now just days away from ringing in the New Year, police say that is when they see even more crashes occur , that's why they are urging motorist to slow down and take extra safety precautions.
Cpl. Matt Nero and other officers are encouraging drivers not to text while driving, buckle up and obey the speed limit. Pocono Mountain Regional Police say they will be increasing patrols on New Year's Eve.