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Dealing With Dangerous Conditions

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With the fresh snow on top of ice in some areas it is dangerous on many roads. That goes for people just trying to get to work and those whose job is it to keep us safe. Even though it was a holiday Wednesday it's been a busy day on the roads with several accidents and cars in ditches.

 

     Officers we talked to say luckily the holiday cut back on traffic but they still have to deal with it along with freezing temps ahead.

    "It can be a little hairy at times. You just gotta drive slow," said Rock Island County Sheriff's Deputy Patrick Veronda.

     When conditions include snow falling, blowing, and covering many roadways officers have to heed the same advice they give to other drivers. "If you have to be out on roads like this allow yourself plenty of time, don't be in any rush to get anywhere, definitely bring a cell phone with you," added Deputy Veronda.

     He says it's less about enforcement as it is about public safety and responding to whatever issues come up when there can be a lot of weather related calls. "Most of our guys today have four-wheel drives but you still have to allow time for us to get there."

     While public safety is their job their own safety is priority too. Throwing the winter weather into the mix adds more to think about.

     "You kind of almost have to have eyes in the back of your head. You have to deal with a car in the ditch and have to constantly be scanning traffic as it goes by. And try to get out of there as quick as possible."

      That's especially the case when temperature plummet. Deputy Veronda says it's good to have things like extra clothes and a blanket in the car. Also, tell someone where you're going just in case.

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