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Road conditions result in several accidents

By Staff | Jan 2, 2009

It’s slippery out there.

And the accident reports piling up at the Rugby Police Department are testament to that.

The heavy snowfall in the region over the past several weeks has meant streets are compacted with snow, and streets and parking lots are quite slippery.

The police department has responded to 10 reported accidents, including two of which were hit and run, according to Luis Coca, police chief.

In all, driving too fast for the road and weather conditions was the principal cause of the accidents.

Three of the accidents occurred early last week, including one involving a parked snow plow on U.S. Highway 2. Fortunately none resulted in injuries, Coca said, and the drivers in each case were buckled up.

The police department advises motorists to use caution when driving. Don’t exceed the posted speed limit, and allow plenty of time to slow down when approaching intersections and when attempting to turn, as that’s when traction is often lost. Also, allow plenty of space between you and the car in front of you — and wear a seatbelt.

Streets and parking lots will likely remain slippery until a good thaw enables plows to scrape down to the pavement.

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