Park City drivers struggle through snowy weather
Slide-off accidents reported during the weekend storm
The Park City Police Department last weekend responded to a series of slide-off traffic accidents as some drivers had difficulty during the first substantial winter-driving conditions of the season.
The cases were generally reported on Saturday and Sunday as slick conditions started and then persisted in some places through the weekend. The Park City Police Department said none of the accidents involved serious injuries. The accidents were logged in disparate places across Park City.
Some of the cases included:
Other cases were reported on Marsac Avenue and Royal Street. The Police Department, meanwhile, assisted drivers who had problems with the road conditions, including cases on Deer Valley Drive. A separate report was also logged on Deer Valley Drive, at 9:52 p.m. on Dec. 10. A driver was reported to be “having a difficult time figuring out how to put his vehicle in all wheel drive,” according to department logs. The vehicle was blocking an intersection before the driver left after the police contacted him, the Police Department said.
Phil Kirk, a police captain, said drivers encountering winter conditions of snowy weather and roads like those last week should reduce their speed. He also said drivers should not closely follow other vehicles since stopping distances are increased in bad road conditions. Kirk suggested drivers keep windshields and side windows clear so they can see the road conditions and other vehicles. He said drivers should have changed to snow tires by now.
They were “pretty rough road conditions to travel in,” Kirk said about last week.
It takes us a while to adjust our driving style, our driving habit,” Kirk said, adding, “Winterize your driving habits.”
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