WFPD: Use caution when driving on roads covered in snow, ice

WFPD: Use caution when driving on roads covered in snow, ice

WICHITA FALLS, TX (RNN Texoma) - The Wichita Falls Police Department is warning drivers to use extra caution on snow covered roads.

Officer Jeff Hughes with the Wichita Falls Police Department said from 6 p.m. on Wednesday to Thursday at noon 80 car wrecks were reported.

Doors were shut to several businesses in and around Wichita Falls and WFPD officials encouraged everyone to stay off the roads unless it was absolutely necessary.

"One of the main things we want to emphasize with the public is even though the roads don't look too bad they're still very dangerous," said Officer Hughes.

If you need to head out the door Officer Hughes wants drivers to give themselves extra time to get where they need to go, but before getting in your car there are a few items you need to take with you.

“If you are out and about, be sure you’re prepared,” said Officer Hughes. “That your spare tiers are inflated, you have a compressor, you have food and water just in case you are stranded.”

If you see something or if you're involved in a car wreck be sure to call 911 immediately.

“If you see an accident and you see first responders already working on it, be sure you slow down and pay attention to what is going on around you,” said Officer Hughes. “A lot of times accidents bring other accidents and we don’t want that to happen.”

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