Winter weather makes for slick roads


FOX VALLEY, Wis. (WBAY) — Slick conditions across Northeast Wisconsin Monday night, as severe winter weather brings ice to the top of roads.

Action 2 News crews traveling up and down I-41 saw vehicles driving slower than usual, as a preventative measure to combat the ice.

That’s exactly what emergency officials are hoping for.

Captain Ryan Waldschmidt of the Fond du lac County Sheriff’s Office says if you start to spin off in the ice, steer in the direction you want to go, and your car should realign.

To avoid that happening at all, remember to slow down.

“The speed limit signs become obsolete at that point, in adverse weather conditions. If it means it’s icy and the fastest you can safely maintain control of your car is 15 miles per hour, then you travel 15 miles per hour,” Captain Waldschmidt says.

If you do spin out and end up in the ditch, officials say you should stay in your vehicle, and call 911. The odds are that area is very slick, and other drivers could spin out there too.

But even in ideal conditions, officers remind us to always stay cautious.

Sunday night, the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office posted a video to their Facebook page, showing back-to-back crashes – when the roads didn’t have any ice or snow.

The dashcam video shows officers on the side of I-41, searching a vehicle. Suddenly, a vehicle speeds by, and rear-ends another vehicle that had slowed down. This crashes causes another, and nearly a third collision.

“There was a rear-end collision because people weren’t looking at what was in front of them, they were looking elsewhere, and they didn’t at all slow down for those emergency lights,” Captain Waldschmidt says.

Deputies say it is state law to slow down when you see an emergency vehicle stopped on the side of the road – and to change lanes if possible.

2018-02-19 23:41:07

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