With the arrival of winter in Wisconsin, the temperatures are dropping. Colder temperatures can lead to weather conditions that make it hazardous for driving, such as ice, sleet, snow and freezing rain. Because of the potential for weather related roadway hazards, it is important that drivers practice safe driving to help keep themselves and others safe on the roadways. Recently, icy road conditions contributed to 31 crashes on Milwaukee County roadways.
The 31 accidents occurred on Sunday, December 27 in a six hour period between the hours of 6:00 am and noon. Law enforcement officials state that many of the accidents were caused by the slippery road conditions in combination with drivers driving too fast. 11 of the accidents that occurred during the six hour period involved injuries. The other accidents are believed to have resulted in property damage. Many of the accidents involved more than one vehicle. Additionally, some of the accidents caused roadways to be shut down and lanes to be closed while the accidents were cleaned. In addition to the accidents, law enforcement officials also responded to three disabled vehicles on the roadways.
These accidents demonstrate the hazards that winter weather conditions can cause for motorists. Motor vehicle accidents can have serious consequences, including property damage, injuries and even fatalities. Because of the serious consequences associated with car accidents, it is important that drivers always practice safe driving. During the winter, drivers should be extra cautious of winter weather conditions. Drivers should ensure that they adjust their speed in accordance with weather conditions. Additionally, drivers should increase their following distance behind other cars because it will help to provide a longer distance to stop. Finally, drivers should avoid distracted driving behaviors and pay full attention to the roadways. By practicing safe driving, drivers can help keep the roadways safer for themselves and others.