Slick roads cause major traffic problems

Slick roads cause major traffic problems
Rain on the roads causes accidents in Jonesboro (Source: KAIT-TV)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -Mother Nature is dropping road issues that has officers begging motorists to slow down.

On Thursday morning, Director of the Jonesboro E-911 Center Jeff Presley alerted Region 8 News to a number of accidents that had occurred in a short amount of time.

“We’ve been dealing with a lot of calls today,” Presley said. “From 6 a.m. to around 10 a.m., we had 8 accidents called in. 7 of those accidents didn’t have an injury, but one did.”

According to Presley, Jonesboro police also spent Thursday afternoon working several crashes in the area.

Presley said he believed there are a number of roads worn down in areas that now consistently have standing water in them.

Unfortunately, most motorists don’t adjust the way they drive when rain occurs.

Cpl. Danny Stallings with the Jonesboro Police Department said all the accidents he covered Thursday were due to the wet conditions.

E-911 Director says drivers are having issues
E-911 Director says drivers are having issues (Source: KAIT-TV)

“All the wrecks I’ve covered today,” Cpl. Stallings said. “Drivers have said they hit their brakes and couldn’t stop. There’s also no traction on your tires when you’re on water.”

Cpl. Stallings also said it wasn’t speed that was necessarily causing the accidents.

“It’s not just excessive speed,” Cpl. Stallings said. “Sometimes it’s hitting the water and not maintaining their vehicle is an issue. For example, as an officer I problem I often see is slick tires.”

Stallings said when the weather conditions change, you need to make adjustments in how you drive.

“When it rains, you should always slow down,” Stallings said. “You’re going to nearly double your stopping distance when dealing with rain and water on the roads.”

Stallings said as long as the wet weather holds, motorists need to use caution, don’t slam on your brakes and keep a safe amount of distance between you and the car in front of you.

It’s going to take you longer to come to a stop than on dry roads.

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