Open Letter to Sioux Falls Drivers during Winter Months
Attention Sioux Falls drivers, it's wintertime again, please do not overdrive the road conditions!
A reminder that definitely needed to be said to several people throughout the Sioux Empire on Tuesday as they failed to heed safe driving practices after Sioux Falls experienced its first significant snowfall of the 2022-2023 winter weather season.
Fortunately, most of these vehicle mishaps ended up just being fender benders. According to Dakota News Now, there were no serious injuries reported. A true blessing if you ask me.
My intent is not to sound preachy with this article, lord knows accidents happen, but just because you drive a pickup truck or an SUV with four-wheel drive, does not give you an open invitation to drive 50 + mph down a well-traveled Sioux Falls street with icy road conditions.
Sioux Falls Police Department responded to 25 different car accidents on November 29
Personally, most of the intersections I encountered yesterday on my commute to and from work were snow packed and icy. They were especially icy on the way home as a lot of the freshly fallen snow had worn off the really well-traveled Sioux Falls city streets leaving that icy underbelly layer exposed. Some of the streets contained black ice, which can be very deceiving.
Over-driving these icy road conditions can easily lead to things going boom in a big-time hurry if you're not careful. Good for body shops, but not so good for you, your vehicle, and your car insurance rates.
I think officer Sam Clemens with the Sioux Falls Police Department said it best during a police briefing with the media on Tuesday. Clemen's advice for Sioux Falls drivers as they once again learn how to drive in snow and ice was a simple one, "Slow down, make sure there is extra room between you and the vehicle in front of you and take your time."
Might I add, please remember to accelerate and decelerate more slowly and know your brakes!
As Sergeant Phil Esterhaus from Hill Street Blues was so fond of saying each morning to his officers, "Let's Be Careful Out There."
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