Staying Home Reduces Wrecks

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Residents staying at home lessened the amount of weather-related traffic crashes and motorists assists from Tuesday night to Wednesday morning, a sheriff's supervisor said.

"We didn't have a horrendous amount of wrecks," said Patrol Major Egon Grissom. "People are staying home and actually driving slower."

Roads are still very slick Wednesday.

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Temperatures are expected to drop to record lows for Thursday, Feb. 19 with temperatures around 0.

Alert Rutherford reported snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause difficulty traveling. Be prepared for slick roads and limited vision. Also, a wind chill advisory will result in very cold air and strong winds. People may suffer frost bite and hypothermia if exposed to these conditions. Be sure to dress warmly in layers and wear gloves and a hat.

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If traveling, bring extra blankets in case of a crash.

Major Grissom said the School Resource Officers are supplementing the patrol division to respond to crashes, motorists' assists and other calls.

"We are prepared to handle just about anything," Maj. Grissom said. "We encourage people if they don't have to go out, stay home. With the low temperatures, I advise you to not get out. If you do, use extreme caution."

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