DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- Law enforcement officials from the New York State Police to the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office are reminding driver's to take care when traveling on slippery, snowy roads after starting Friday morning with a number of accidents.
The Dutchess County Sheriff's Office handled two accidents within minutes of each other beginning around 8:15 a.m. with an accident at I-82 and Attlebury Hill Road where a driver lost control and flipped the vehicle. They received minor injuries, sheriff's officials said.
The next accident took place just minutes later at 1096 Hollow Road when a driver lost control and hit a utility pole, receiving minor injuries.
A few minutes later at 8:38 a.m., the New York State Police handled an accident in which a driver lost control and hit a tree, state police said.
The state police said motorist should extreme caution when traveling the roadways during the snow storm which has left roadways slick and unpredictable.
If you must travel, state police recommend:
- Motorists are reminded to slow down. Always allow extra time for your commute.
- Leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you.
- Make sure your car is stocked with survival gear like blankets, shovel, flashlight with batteries, extra warm clothing, snacks, jumper cables, and tire chains if you have them. An extra bottle of washer fluid should also be available.
- Keep your gas tank as full as possible in the event that you are stranded or stuck in traffic.
- Plan ahead by checking your tires for quality tread and proper inflation.
- Keep your cell phone battery charged and keep it with you whenever traveling. If you should become stranded, you will be able to call for help, advising rescuers of your location.
- Make sure someone knows your travel plans and routes.