Colorado Springs On Accident Alert
With temperatures falling, Colorado residents should drive with extra caution. Layers of snow and ice are building up on roads across the state, increasing the possibility of car accidents dramatically.
After a snow storm, things can get especially dangerous as temperatures may rise. Colorado Springs Gazette reports:
…Above-freezing temperatures mean that the first snow to hit roads will melt before freezing, said forecaster Patrick Cioffi with the National Weather Service office in Pueblo.
‘It looks like we’re going to have the same situation as last time, where we’ll have a flash-freeze,’ Cioffi said.
That’s bad news for drivers. The last time this happened, streets around town were littered with crashes.
Colorado Springs police have gone on accident alert, as a snow storm hit Sunday. This means that if you’re involved in an accident, you have 72 hours to report it to the police. This way you can just exchange information with the other driver and get the vehicles off the road immediately. The only exceptions are if there are personal injuries, or if alcohol or drugs are involved.
By Sunday afternoon a number of minor weather-related accidents were already being reported by the Colorado State Patrol. (Jeanette Hynes from NewsFirst5 has some details on those accidents.)
In these circumstances, road clearing typically begins with primary routes. James Egbert from NewsFirst5 explains:
Primary routes are multi-lane roads with large volumes of traffic or hospital access. Once the primary routes are deemed passable, crews will move to secondary routes. Secondary routes include collector streets and school access.
This is nothing to play around with. If you need to venture out on these slick roads, please check the road conditions first [Colorado Road Conditions (CDOT)] and make sure that you are prepared.