Keepin' It Between the Ditches During Winter Weather

February 1, 2007 - Posted at 10:09 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR -- Overnight road conditions don't look good for motorists. The Jonesboro Police Department reports that from Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning, there were 94 accidents reported in the city...that's a whole lot of folks - including K8 reporter Heather Flanigan, who found themselves off the roads.

"We average on a ten hour shift probably six or seven accidents in good weather, normal driving conditions and when the snow and ice came in, it just magnified everything," said Lt. Roy Coleman of the Jonesboro Police Department.

The winter mix left nearly everything, and everybody out of control.

"If you bump your car into neutral and just pump your breaks slowly and steer into the direction of the skid, usually you can correct yourself," said Lt. Coleman.

And don't count on that four by four to keep you on the road...

"Four wheel drives are pretty much useless on ice.  Sure they can travel a little bit better, but stopping is not any easier," said Lt. Coleman.

But with another round of freezing temperatures coming...a little advice if you find yourself sideways.

"Maintain your composure, stay as calm as you can.  Leave your car running so you can stay warm," said Lt. Coleman, "And it's always good to carry extra blankets and coats this time of year for the unknown, you know what ever the case may be.  You could even just have car trouble and still be stranded. People need to really be cautious and be aware of what they are driving on."