Safety officials advise cautious driving in Abilene

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ABILENE, Texas (KRBC) – As you drive along the roads, they may not seem bad, but that is why days like these are so dangerous.

“Sometimes you don’t realize that you are in an icy situation until your vehicle starts to slide a little bit and what we ask people to do is slowly let off the accelerator and slowly tap on your breaks, steer into the slide if you can ,” Said Cheryl Sawyer with The Texas Department of Transportation.

While speed limits are posted and laws do not change, law enforcement say bad weather conditions change they way you should drive.

“If you have to get out then you need to watch your speeds Normally you are traveling behind vehicles you give it three to four seconds reaction time, you need to double maybe triple that in this kind of weather,” said Asst. Chief Doug Wrenn, Abilene Police Department.

Tx-Dot’s interactive website, Drive Texas gives you an inside look to conditions across the state.

“You can see all these little dots right here are all snow and ice present. The traffic is flowing on I-20 right now and there is presences of some of our construction but for the most part you can get to different areas and see how well traffic is flowing,” said Sawyer.

If you do find yourself in a crash, stay calm and move out of the way of traffic.
“You can move over a little bit, maybe get down the road and then let the officer know hey the accident happened just down the road but I moved over here because it was safer,” said Sgt. Cliff Griffin, Taylor County Sheriffs Department.
As the weather conditions will stick around txt dot will have crew members monitoring and treating the roads in 24 hour operation.

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