First real snow storm causes Valley-wide traffic problems

Courtesy of the Utah Highway Patrol

LOGAN — Law enforcement and emergency crews were busy Monday morning responding to multiple crashes and slide-offs. Several of the accidents partially closed roads and sent several people to hospitals. The crashes came after the first real storm, Sunday afternoon and early Monday morning, brought snow to the roads.

Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Cade Brenchley said most of the accidents were a result of motorists driving too fast for the winter conditions.

“The speed limits are not a requirement to go that fast,” Brenchley said. “Please slow down. Give yourself plenty of time, leaving your house, going to work. Whatever you are doing.”

Troopers also recommend motorists avoid following too close to vehicles ahead of them. Utah law requires at least two-seconds between drivers. Troopers suggest adding one-second for each hazard you’re driving in.

Brenchley said it is also important that motorists clear snow and ice off their vehicles. Troopers can ticket drivers for not having adequate visibility through their windows.

“Even stuff on the top of your car, when it ices over and blows off, it becomes a hazard for people behind you. You are responsible for things coming off of your car. You are not responsible for anything from under your car, if you run over rocks and kick them up. But if something flies off of your car and does damage or causes an accident, you are responsible for that.”

Troopers also recommend motorists check their tire treads. They suggest using snow tires this time of year, or at least a good all-season tire.

Brenchley said if you do get into an accident or slide-off, do not leave your vehicle before contacting law enforcement.  

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