Missouri Highway Patrol urges drivers to use extra caution

Posted on: 6:59 pm, December 14, 2013, by

ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – A word of caution from Missouri Highway Patrol on Saturday, as the wintry weather continues to wreak havoc on the roads.  

From Friday evening into Saturday, troopers across the state have been busy, responding to tractor trailer wrecks and countless vehicles crashing and sliding off the roads.

Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Al Nothum says he’s seen too many people driving too fast in these conditions: “We want to encourage everyone to slow your speed down, beware of the shoulders; the roadways are clear, but the shoulders are still ice and slush-covered so if you leave the roadway, you’re probably going to slip and slide on the shoulder.”

Nothum says part of the problem is Friday’s rain, which made it tough to pre-treat the roads, and then left a sheet of ice below the snow in some areas.

Perhaps testaments to the rough conditions, there have been several fatalities across the state during the past day, most of them weather-related. At least two of those deaths happened in the St. Louis area.

“We really don’t want to see that climb any higher here,” says Nothum.

Especially since it’s going to get colder as the day goes on, Nothum asks residents to stay home if they can. If that’s not possible, he recommends wiping loose snow off the roof of vehicles and clearing windshields.

Nothum explains, “I saw some people driving with a little scrape hole in the side and they’re just kind of looking out a port hole, so we want to make sure everyone’s windows are cleared off so they can see where they’re going.”

Website: MoDOT’s Road Condition Map

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