First slippery weekend keeps Troopers busyThe Minnesota State Patrol was active during the first slippery weekend throughout Minnesota starting Friday morning, November 18 throughout Sunday evening, November 20.
The Minnesota State Patrol was active during the first slippery weekend throughout Minnesota starting Friday morning, November 18 throughout Sunday evening, November 20.
Troopers responded to approximately 812 crashes. Of those, 700 resulted in property damage, 109 resulted in injuries, and three of those crashes were serious injuries. Troopers also responded to and are investigating three crashes resulting in fatalities. Troopers also responded to an additional 389 vehicles that had slipped or ran off the roadway requiring tow assistance.
A few rollovers and incidents of vehicles sliding off the road were reported in Douglas County over the weekend but none of the injuries were believed to be serious.
The Minnesota State Patrol would like to remind motorists to:
• Drive slowly on bridges, overpasses and tunnels.
• Use a safe speed for winter driving conditions, regardless of the posted speed limit.
• Keep a safe stopping distance from the vehicle in front of you.
• Keep both hands on the steering wheel, eyes on the road and attention on your driving.
For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to www.mndot.gov/workzone.
For updated information on road conditions, call 511 or click on www.511mn.org