Highway Patrol Recommends Motorists Stay Off The Roads

The State Highway Patrol is asking motorists to stay put as snow-covered highways are causing wrecks throughout the state.

"Our troopers are inundated with calls investigating traffic collisions and assisting stranded motorists," said Col. Michael W. Gilchrist, Commander of the Highway Patrol. "For the safety of the public, we ask those who are traveling now to get home as safely as possible and do not attempt to drive further in this weather."

At 3:00 pm this afternoon, the Patrol has responded to over 1,560 calls for service statewide, with the majority involving motor vehicle collisions.

"Although the snow fall will be coming to an end , the real issues will begin in the overnight and early morning period when temperatures begin to drop and the road conditions continue to deteriorate, said Sgt. Jeff Gordon, public information officer. "Roadways on Monday morning will be very treacherous and we strongly ask that the public not venture onto the highways unless absolutely necessary."

Motorists who feel they must travel are asked to exercise extreme caution, lowering speeds and leaving plenty of following distance between themselves and the cars in front of them.

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