Snow 'Wrecked' Havoc; Virginia State Police Offer Driving Tips

Published 12:07 pm Thursday, February 19, 2015

FARMVILLE — The Virginia State Police responded to more than 3,300 calls for service, statewide, as a consequence of this week’s snowstorm.

With more wintry weather on the horizon, and frigid temperatures that will freeze any melting liquid overnight, law enforcement officials are cautioning motorists to drive carefully.

And, if it is possible to avoid driving in such conditions, they recommend staying put in the safety of one’s home.

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This week’s storm illustrated the point.

In less than 24 hours, Virginia State Police troopers and dispatchers responded to 3,363 calls for service across the Commonwealth.

In the State Police’s Division III service area, based in Appomattox and including local counties, there were 93 traffic crashes, 46 disabled vehicles, and 261 calls for help between 4 p.m. Monday and noon Tuesday, according to information released by VSP spokesperson Corinne Geller.

Local sheriff’s departments were also called to the scene of snow-related accidents: six in Buckingham, five in Cumberland and 17 in Prince Edward, according to those departments.

Most of the crashes responded to by the Virginia State Police, reports Geller, involved damage only to vehicles, though there were two fatalities—in Loudoun and Wythe Counties.

Nor were State Troopers immune.

Geller stated that, “due to vehicles losing control on slick roadways, two VSP troopers have been struck and injured.”

The Virginia State Police offer these safety tips for travelling in winter-weathered road conditions:

Clear off all snow from your vehicle—windows, roof, truck and lights.

Add extra time to reach your travel destination.

Slow your speed to fit road conditions.

Increase driving distances between vehicles for increased stopping distance.

Buckle up and don’t drive distracted.

Move over for all stopped emergency vehicles, high vehicles and tow trucks.