Anchorage police are saying accidents are through the roof because of snow conditions. Here's the press release--
Subject: Road Conditions Warrant Extra Vigilance – Slower Speeds
Due to a recent weather system, Anchorage has experienced a continuous snowfall between 3 to 11 inches in accumulation overnight. Weather projections call for 2 to 5 more inches of snowfall in the Anchorage area throughout tonight and earlier morning. The heavy snowfall form the Anchorage bowl appears to be moving north towards the Mat-Su Valley.
Along with a change in temperature and weather pattern, the roadway conditions have also worsened with snowfall accumulation, ice buildup and poor visibility of road and sign markings.
The Anchorage Police Department reminds motorists that the current road conditions warrant slower speeds and extra vigilance to other motorists and pedestrians. It is recommended that motorists drive with their headlights on, clean off their entire car of snow and ice and drive slower than the posted speed limit signs may allow.
Drivers are reminded that it is their responsibility to remain in control of their vehicle at ALL times. Failure to do so may result in a collision which could result in property damage, injury and even death.
Consequences of poor or negligent driving include the issuance of citation(s), arrest, or impoundment of the vehicle. The Anchorage Police have responded to multiple car crashes and VID’s (vehicles in ditch/distress).
Midnight to 9 AM
35 vehicles in the ditch or distress (stuck); 59 collisions (breakdown = 54 non-injury; 1 with injuries, and 4 hit-an-run crashes)
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
VID’s – 41, Crashes – 66, (breakdown = 54 crashes, 6 crashes with injury, and 6 hit-and-runs).
Note – Anchorage is a winter city. As such, there are numerous public and private snow removal personnel and machinery that need your help in maintaining our roads and parking lots. Please keep the roadway clear and keep a safe distance from active snow removal equipment.
Safe Driving is NOT an Accident!