Missouri Highway Patrol urges drivers to use extra caution

Posted on: 12:39 pm, December 14, 2013, by

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- The Missouri Highway Patrol is asking everyone to drive a little more cautiously on the roads. Troopers have investigated eight fatality traffic crashes across the state in the past 24 hours, two in the St. Louis area.  Most of those crashes have been weather related.

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.

The Highway Patrol asks that you if it is at all possible for you to stay home during winter weather, do so.  If you travel, buckle up, slow down, and leave extra room between your vehicle and the one in front of you. Remember that road crews have the right-of-way and be sure to travel at a safe distance behind them while they are plowing the roadway.

At least two of those deaths happened in the St. Louis area.

Website: MoDOT’s Road Condition Map