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Drivers urged to use extreme caution

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With winter weather like this,  accidents can  keep rescue crews busy, but E 911 Director Jeff Presley says it's not as bad as it could be.  In fact, he says he thinks many people are listening to warnings and staying off the roads for the most part. Presley says most of the accidents they are seeing have been minor.

"Call volume is not that bad today.   A lot of people stayed in and we're thankful for that.   We have had a lot of calls about closings, court, and things like that," said Presley.

For many, staying home due to weather is not an option.  For those who have to get to work and to other important business, officials urge them to use extreme caution on the roads.

"The sand crews are out working--they're not going to get much better until this slacks off.   They clean it off and it builds back up.   It's packing down so it's going to be a bad situation tonight on the roadways," said Presley.

Officials at Central Dispatch, say as of about 9:15 on Friday night there have been around 50 reports of cars in ditches throughout the county.  Fortunately, no serious injuries have been reported.

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