The Minnesota State Patrol kept very busy throughout much of the state as snow and slush accumulated on the highways this past weekend.  State Troopers responded to a total of approximately 191 crashes.  Of those crashes, 44 resulted in injuries and two fatal crashes. The two fatal crashes claimed the lives of five people.  Troopers also responded to an additional 224 vehicles that had slid off the highways and required assistance needing many tow trucks.  One of the fatal crashes occurred at approximately 3:06 pm on I94 approximately five miles west of Alexandria. The crash involved three vehicles and killed four people.  The other fatal occurred at approximately 3:32 pm on Hwy 28 approximately two miles west of Glenwood.  One person was killed when they spun out on the highway and struck a semi.

 


The Minnesota State Patrol kept very busy throughout much of the state as snow and slush accumulated on the highways this past weekend.  State Troopers responded to a total of approximately 191 crashes.  Of those crashes, 44 resulted in injuries and two fatal crashes. The two fatal crashes claimed the lives of five people.  Troopers also responded to an additional 224 vehicles that had slid off the highways and required assistance needing many tow trucks.  One of the fatal crashes occurred at approximately 3:06 pm on I94 approximately five miles west of Alexandria. The crash involved three vehicles and killed four people.  The other fatal occurred at approximately 3:32 pm on Hwy 28 approximately two miles west of Glenwood.  One person was killed when they spun out on the highway and struck a semi.

Please remember winter is not over yet. The four easiest tips to avoid crashes during adverse weather/road conditions:

 
#1 SLOW DOWN- 50 miles per hour may be too fast. Troopers were still clocking people driving at speeds in excess of 70 miles per hour on ice, sleet and slushy roads. Many drivers think they are “better” than other drivers in the snow, sleet, and ice. They are not better-they are just luckier.
 
#2 LEAVE MORE FOLLOWING DISTANCE- By law-You must have your vehicle under control at ALL TIMES. If you hit the vehicle in front of you that means you did not have your vehicle under control. 5 stripes at 55 is a good rule(these are the white or yellow stripes in the center of the roadway)  under IDEAL conditions. Allow more room/stripes with adverse conditions.
 
#3-DECIDE IF YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS TRIP- If weather is adverse consider postponing your trip. This is not a time to go shopping or making unnecessary trips.
 
#4-GET OFF THE CELL PHONE- You will need to be in complete control and it will take ALL of your attention to drive in adverse conditions.
 
The state’s traffic safety efforts are driven by its core traffic safety initiative, Toward Zero Deaths (TZD). A primary vision of the TZD program is to foster a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing safe and smart driving behavior.