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State Police provide road safety tips for winter storms

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Posted at 1:22 PM, Jan 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-22 13:50:36-05

Virginia State Police have responded to 17 vehicle crashes in the Hampton Roads area just between 10:00 a.m. to noon!

From midnight to  11:00 a.m. Friday. Virginia State Police had responded to 68 traffic crashes statewide.

As of 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Virginia troopers are responding to 117 traffic across the Commonwealth.

The majority of crashes are occurring in the Metro-Richmond region and Hampton Roads.

Some road safety tips may be obvious, but here are some reminders of how you can stay safe:

  • If you can–AVOID driving!! This is the number one tip from police.
  • If you do get into a crash, don’t abandon your vehicle in the roadway. It causes even more delays and prevents VDOT trucks and emergency vehicles from being able to move through the area.
  • Don’t drive distracted. No texting or keeping your eyes off of the road.
  • Use headlights. Increasing your visibility helps you to avoid slick and dangerous spots on the road, as well as helps other drivers see you better.
  • Slow your speed. Slowing your speed gives you more time to safely react and avoid a crash. Drive your vehicle based on your ability to properly maintain control of your vehicle.
  • Don’t tailgate. You need increased stopping distance on slick road surfaces, especially at intersections. Give yourself more space between vehicles traveling ahead of you in order to avoid rear end collisions.
  • Buckle Up. Most crashes that occur during winter weather are caused by vehicles sliding into guardrails, off the road or other vehicles. Wearing a seat belt protects you and your passengers from being thrown around the inside the vehicle and suffering serious injury in a crash.