State Troopers: drivers slow down for expected snowstorms
TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- We're expecting more snow throughout the weekend, which could mean bad roads once again.
State Troopers responded to hundreds of crashes this week, and now they want drivers to brace themselves for snow, and slow down.
“People just seem to think it was okay to be driving as fast as they were,” Trooper Chris Thorson said.
State troopers said more than 300 people crashed their cars on the slippery roads this week.
“Every year that it snows, we typically get a lot of crashes,” Thorson said. “We see it year and year again.”
And with snowstorms expected this weekend, troopers said they hope people will either stay in, or be more careful.
“A lot of these collisions could be avoided,” he said. “Us troopers drive around all day long and don't crash. And normally we're getting passed too. We get passed by people driving 70 miles-an-hour and eventually we see them crash.”
And that's what trooper Thorson said causes most crashes--people are driving way too fast for conditions.
“Maybe stock up on your food, water, beverages so you don't have to leave the house in the middle of a snowstorm,” he said.
Thorson said two troopers were hit this week, and one was injured.
“If you don't have to, don't go out on the roadway,” he said.
Thorson warns the snow and wind we're expecting is a bad mixture that could lead to poor visibility for drivers--making the roads even worse.