State Patrol Urges Drivers to ‘Slow Down’ on Slick Roads

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The second round of snow is wrapping up just in time for the morning commute Wednesday and the State Patrol wants you to slow down.

“Increase your following distance and anticipate the longer braking distances,” said Sgt. Nate Ludwig, Iowa State Patrol. “I’ve never seen anyone go into the ditch for driving too slow.”

The State patrol is reported that between 6 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, there were 26 weather-related accidents and 44 calls for service in the metro.

They expect the number of accidents could go up as more people will return to the roads Wednesday. The increase is expected because many metro-area schools were closed and dozens of businesses closed early on Tuesday.

Local Public Works departments worked overnight and early Wednesday morning to make sure the roads would be cleaned.

Ron Wiese is a supervisor with the West Des Moines Public works department and he worked a 12-hour shift to help clear the roads in his city.

“It’s like fighting two different animals. You had the heavy, sloppy stuff yesterday and today you got the cold and ice moving in,” said Wiese. “The goal is to get there before ice freezes. If you don’t, the de-icing materials don’t work.”

The Iowa Department of Transportation is doing its part too. Early Wednesday morning, they had almost 40 snow plows working on metro roads.

With a vast number of roads either “partly covered” or “completely covered” the State Patrol recommends a visit to the 511 website before you head out to check road conditions. You can also keep track of where DOT plows are working here.

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