November 21, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Authorities in Las Vegas say they've responded to hundreds of car accidents while a storm system drops an inch of rain over desert dwellers.
Trooper Loy Hixson says the Nevada Highway Patrol responded to 141 crashes between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday, including 37 with minor injuries. That's four to five times what the agency sees on a normal day.
Officer Laura Meltzer says Las Vegas police fielded 112 car crash calls in a rainy five-hour period between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday.
Hixson says motorists used to bone-dry roads forget they need to change their driving habits when storms roll in.
Drivers will have to use extra caution for a little while longer - the National Weather Service predicts rain will continue through Saturday morning.