Rapid City Fire Department officials say weather-related accident numbers are higher than usual. They say in just the past week they have responded to twenty-three motor vehicle accidents, ten of which resulted in injuries.
Fire Department Public Information Officer Calen Maningas says road conditions are still hazardous in many areas due to recent snowfall and cold temps. He says with the increasing holiday traffic, drivers can take steps to keep themselves safe on South Dakota roads.
“So we say, you know, prepare. Make sure your car is maintained. Make sure that this is done way before the winter season – that the batteries are charged up, you know, you have proper tire tred, your vehicle has been serviced recently. That way when you’re out and about you’re not going to be in a winter weather emergency and have your car stall out or be stuck out somewhere on the roads,” says Maningas.
Maningas says motorists should also buckle up, be mindful of other drivers, and pull over for emergency vehicles. He says to also be sure to allow yourself plenty of extra time to reach your destination.