Kennewick police are telling drivers they still need to take it slow
KENNEWICK, Wash. —
According to Washington State Patrol they responded to 346 crashes in the Tri-Cities and Yakima since the snow started falling Monday.
Emergency responders have been busy over the last 24 hours.
And as the temperatures start to decrease tonight, the slush and snow on the road is starting to freeze.
“For the most part, here in the city we had a lot of people sliding into the back of other cars that were already stopped,” said Officer Lee Cooper with Kennewick Police.
Officer Cooper says almost all the crashes have had one thing in common.
“The vast majority of them I would venture to say nearly 100 percent were caused by people driving too fast for the conditions,” said Officer Cooper.
In the Tri-Cities emergency responders responded to almost 250 crashes in the last 24 hours. And that doesn't include Pasco’s numbers. Sgt. Warren with Pasco Police Department says they've responded to too many to count.
“We're going to end up with ice in a lot of places probably black ice in a lot of places,” said Officer Cooper.
Officer Cooper says the best thing you can do is take it slow.
“Number one rule is slow down. Leave more space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Plan ahead, and don't let the light that you're coming upon surprise you when they turn red. They all do that occasionally,” said Officer Cooper.
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“We had one patrol car that was hit yesterday,” said Officer Cooper.
He says two drivers were going too fast and hit a stopped police car.
“I think a lot of people are just oblivious,” said Officer Cooper.
And if you find yourself getting tailgated for driving too slow
“Don't let the driver behind you push you to drive beyond what you feel comfortable with.”