Missouri Highway Patrol wants people to call in crashes during snowstorm, don't stop

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Missouri Highway Patrol wants people to prepare themselves for a slick commute Thursday morning. They recommend if at all possible to stay home and off the roads if the weather gets to be too bad.

If you have to drive in the first wintry weather the metro has seen since the winter of 2011, remember to slow down and don't drive too close to the car in front of you.

"Drive at speeds that are appropriate for the driving conditions. Just because the speed limit is 55 and there's snow on the roadway, that doesn't mean you should be driving 55," said Sgt. Collin Stosberg with the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Troopers will be working longer than their normal eight hour shifts to accommodate motorists who might get stuck on the side of the road. Stosberg said even if you want to be a Good Samaritan and stop on the side of the road to help someone who might be stranded...don't. You might be the one who causes a crash.

"If you see someone else needing assistance, that's when you pick up your phone and call 911 or *55 and let us come out there."

Also, remember to stay off your cell phone unless you call in an emergency. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the leading cause of crashes is inattentive drivers.

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