Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Crashing Through the Snow

Whether you’re going over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house or just commuting to work, snowy streets demand caution and a much lighter foot on the accelerator. The first snow of the season arrived this morning and traffic accidents quickly followed.

As you can imagine, the call load on snowy days increases substantially. If you are involved in an accident and there are no signs of injuries or intoxication and the cars are drivable, you have the option of exchanging information with all involved drivers and responding at a more convenient time to one of the police stations. Drivers have this option not only during inclement weather but during normal weather conditions as well.

The best advice is to do what you can to avoid being involved in an accident. Slow down during hazardous weather conditions and allow additional time to get to your destination. From 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. this morning we took approximately 55 accident reports.

If you are involved in a non-injury accident where intoxication does not appear to be a factor and the cars are drivable, remember you have the option to exchange information and file a report later. During inclement weather this may be your most efficient option. If you choose to wait for an officer to respond, keep in mind that emergency calls, including accidents with injuries and/or disabled vehicles, will be handled first. Please be patient.