Harsh weather causing multiple ETX wrecks

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Friday, December 6, 2013 - 11:40am

According to Smith County Department of Public Safety, about 10 car accidents have been reported since 7:30 a.m., Friday, due to harsh weather condiitons in the area.

The crashes have been reported along the interstate as well as county roads in Smith County. DPS is urging drivers to slow down on the slick and in some spots, icy, roads and to make sure seatbelts are worn at all times.

DPS offers the following tips for staying safe during this weather event:

  • Avoid unnecessary travel if possible, and monitor local weather broadcasts, and follow up-to-the-minute weather conditions at http://www.weather.gov/.
     
  • Remember that ice forms first on bridges, overpasses and shady areas. If you hit a patch of ice, stay off your brakes and decelerate slowly, holding the steering wheel steady.
     
  • On icy roads, drive slowly, increase distance needed for stopping, and avoid using cruise control.
     
  • Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before any trip – check fluid and antifreeze levels.
     
  • Keep your gas tank full to prevent water condensation in the tank.
     
  • Buckle up everyone in the vehicle – it’s the law.

For more information on road conditions statewide, check www.drivetexas.org or call 800-452-9292.

In addition, here is a list of emergency supplies drivers can keep in their vehicle:

  • Blankets/sleeping bags and extra clothing, mittens and hat.
     
  • Cell phone, radio, flashlight, extra batteries.
     
  • First-aid kit and pocket knife.
     
  • High calorie, non perishable food, bottled water.
     
  • Sack of sand or cat litter for de-icing roadway.
     
  • Windshield scraper, tool kit, booster cables, tow rope and shovel

For additional information regarding winter weather preparedness, visit: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/threatawareness/winterStormPlanning.htm
 

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