Slick, Icy Roads Create Dangerous Conditions

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Reno, NV - The Nevada Highway Patrol has responded to more than 100 crashes and spinouts on Northern Nevada roads in the past two days. That's why troopers are urging drivers to give themselves more time during the morning commute, when conditions are as icy as they have been this week.

There were so many fender benders on the roads Thursday morning, officials couldn't respond to all of them. They had to prioritize the incidents, based on which ones had injuries involved. NHP says the common denominator in most of the crashes and slide outs they've seen in the past two days is people driving faster than the slick conditions allow.

"People tend to think that if they have a four wheel drive vehicle, that they can go from point A to point B in the same amount of time that they can do so in July. And it doesn't always happen," says Trooper Chuck Allen, public information officer for the Nevada Highway Patrol.

Trooper Chuck Allen says about a third of the accidents over the past couple of days have involved injuries. He says most of them could have been prevented if people had just been properly restrained and used their seat belts.