State police report busy night as storm rolls through

State police report busy night as storm rolls through

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State police report busy night as storm rolls through

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by 13 News

WVEC.com

Posted on January 17, 2013 at 11:48 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 17 at 11:55 PM

RICHMOND– Virginia State Police reported numerous calls for service accross the state as a winter storm moved through Thursday night. 

According to a release, state troopers had fielded more than 764 calls for service with the busiest areas being Southwest Virginia and the New River Valley regions.

Statewide between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday, Virginia troopers responded to 135 traffic crashes and 138 disabled vehicles.

State police dispatchers  fielded more than 400 additional calls for assistance and other information. The majority of the crashes involved damaged vehicles only. There had been no reported traffic fatalities resulting from storm conditions.

Hampton Roads was one of the areas with the least amount of calls as rain fell over most of the area.  The State Police reported that as of 8:30 p.m.,  there had been 10 crashes, 13 disabled vehicles, and 63 total calls for service.

The State Police are advisting motorists that:

•    State law requires headlights to be on when windshield wipers are in active use
•    Completely clear all windows and head/taillights of snow/ice before traveling
•    Add extra time to reach travel destination
•    Slow speed for road conditions
•    Increase driving distances between vehicles for increased stopping distance
•    Buckle up and don’t drive distracted
•    Call 511 for road conditions or click on http://www.511virginia.org – not 911 or #77, as these are for emergency calls only

 

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