Four-wheel drive not four-wheel stop
December 5, 2013
With an increased probability of snow and very cold temperatures back in the forecast today, Nevada Highway Patrol troopers are warning motorists to take it easy on the roads.
Tuesday's storm resulted in several accidents across Western Nevada, starting when the snow first started to fall up in Reno around 7:30 a.m. and extending south to Carson Valley by Tuesday night.
Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman Dave Gibson said troopers responded to 41 reported slideoffs, 112 reported motorist assists, 118 reported property only accidents and 56 reported injury accidents, between 7:30 a.m. and midnight on Tuesday.
Douglas County had a half-dozen accidents, including two were vehicles slid off the road and into fields.
Accidents continued on Wednesday with at least two caused by slick conditions.
"Many of the incidents and accidents that the NHP troopers responded to were caused by motorists driving too fast for the conditions of the highway, following too closely to other vehicles and driver inattention," Gibson said.
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He urgesd motorists to use caution when driving on all Nevada roadways.
"Use your seatbelt, turn on your headlights, make sure all of your windows are free of obstructions (snow and ice), please give yourself plenty of time during your commute, give yourself plenty of distance behind other vehicles and slow down as to have more time to react to any incident or accident that happens in front of you," he said.
Gibson said motorists planning long trips should prepare by bringing extra clothing to keep warm in case they are stranded with no assistance for an extended period of time, food, water, a cell phone, and a flashlight.
The California Highway Patrol reported a single vehicle rollover on Wednesday morning on Highway 395 south of the Mammoth turn-off. The driver of a pickup lost control on the snowy highway, left the highway and hit the median, where it rolled over. The driver received minor injuries.
"Roll-over collisions pose a serious threat, not only to the occupants of the vehicle that rolls over… but to the occupants of all vehicles near them," said Lt. R. D. Cohan, Commander of the California Highway Patrol's Bridgeport Area. "The driver of this vehicle was fortunate nobody was seriously injured. This collision again reminds us of the importance of driving the speed limit, in this case 35 mph in the chain control area, as well as, the importance of wearing a seat belt, which allowed this driver to walk away."