Casper Police Department shares how to be safe in winter weather

Published: Oct. 13, 2021 at 4:57 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - As the state of Wyoming receives the first snow of the season, Casper Police Department is reminding residents to be safe on the roads.

“We had about a weeks notice for this storm where the weather men were telling us we were going to have winter weather it’s going to be a lot and a big storm. So preparing for that....getting out the winter clothes, and getting out your winter jackets, your winter hats, and your winter gloves,” said Sergeant Jeff Bullard with the Casper Police Department.

If travel is necessary, officials suggest having your car stocked with winter gear, including an extra coat and blanket. CPD says having your phone fully charged is also important to make sure you can be reached in an emergency. Bullard recommends residents get new windshield wipers and tires. When those are worn out, it can make for dangerous situations.

“Really when you think about your safety and the safety of others that are riding with you or the safety of others that you’re driving with it’s just a minimal expense,” said Bullard.

Officers responded to fifteen accidents on Tuesday. They are reminding residents to pay attention to the roads and decrease their speed.

“Slow down. Plan on giving more space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you while you’re traveling and plan on increasing your braking distance,” said Bullard.

Braking in ice and snow generally takes double the amount of time it would in dry conditions. Bullard suggests allowing extra time on your commute to ensure you reach your destination safely.

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