Slick Roads, Bad Traffic

Reported by: Melanie Kendall
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Updated: 11/27/2013 12:12 am

Roads are wet and could freeze if temperatures drop.  Police say they responded to 19 accidents between 5:00 and 11:00 Tuesday night.

“When we first started out, we came from Somerset and as soon as we pulled out on the highway there was an accident,” said Ronny Pinson who was out on the roads Tuesday night to go grocery shopping.

But many drivers said the roads haven’t been that bad.

“Just wet and slushy that's it,” said Kathy Montgomery, who had just picked her son up from college for Thanksgiving break.

“As of right now, they're pretty clear,” said John Howard, who was driving I-75 Tuesday night.  “Just trying to stay safe and be careful.”

Traffic on the other hand, was a bit of a headache.

“Traffic doesn't slow down much even for bad weather,” said Howard.

Road crews say if you don’t have to be out, to stay inside and drivers are being careful.

“Driving slow, taking my time, not getting in a hurry,” said Montgomery.

“It's slick but if you pay attention to what you're doing, you shouldn't have problems,” said Pinson.

Lexington and State crews plan to be out Tuesday night through Wednesday morning.

Larry Roberts, Fayette County attorney who also created a defensive driving course for teenagers, said the most dangerous time to be on the roads is when the weather is changing from rain to ice.

Roberts said to wear a seat belt, leave more space between your car and the car in front of you.  He suggests going at least ten mph slower on highways and if you do hit ice, not to slam on your breaks.

 “You'll slide into it,” said Roberts.  “You can't control your car if you're on ice. Brakes don't stop so you've got to steer through the problem.”

He says it will take 400 feet for a car going 65 mph to stop on dry pavement.  He says that doubles for wet and icy roads.

 

 

 

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