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Police caution drivers about road conditions

Friday, December 21, 2012

As weather conditions change, motor vehicle accidents become more prevalent.

According to Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton, accidents increase after the first snowfall every year.

"Accidents increase until people are acclimated to driving in these conditions again," Heaton said. "But we haven't had anything really serious."

Heaton said the Sheriff's Department had been called to several slide-offs Thursday night and Friday morning. However, as the Clay County Highway Department cleared roads, accidents decreased.

"Things have calmed down as County Highway has been able to tackle the roads, especially after the drifting," Heaton said.

Heaton warned of potential slick spots due to refreezing as temperatures drop at night.

According to Police Chief Clint McQueen, the City of Brazil has had only one minor collision due to the weather. He said there have been no major injuries or a multitude of accidents.

"People have been driving safely, which is good to see during the first major snow we've had," McQueen said.

McQueen said several trees were down due to the wind and had blown across roadways Thursday night; however, the trees had been cleared and should no longer be a problem.

Heaton and McQueen both gave advice for area drivers.

"With holiday travel we have increased traffic, so use extra caution and don't use your cell phone," Heaton said. "Put your cell phone in your pocket or a secure area, so if there is an accident it won't go flying around and you can find it."

"Be aware when the weather changes rapidly like it did yesterday," McQueen said. "Take extra time and extra care. Slow down, and plan for extra time to reach your destination. Be aware of other drivers and how they are approaching an intersection."



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