Police preparing for winter weather, advising drivers to stay off the roads
A serious crash on Mountain View Road snarled traffic and sent two people to a hospital Monday morning.
Ahead of the winter storm coming to the Tennessee Valley, Chattanooga police are preparing and want drivers to stay off the roads if conditions become dangerous.
Police said the crash here on Mountain View Road was not weather related, but with a change in the forecast coming they want all drivers to use extra caution on the roads.
Sgt. Justin Kilgore with the Chattanooga Police Department said on Mountain View Road a cargo truck rear-ended a vehicle and forced a head-on collision.
Two people were brought to a hospital for serious injuries, but are expected to be okay.
With the threat for winter weather on the way, Chattanooga police are preparing.
"The potential for ice is definitely there no matter where we live because the temperatures are going to be so cold, so any shaded areas are definitely going to be dangerous for us," Sgt. Kilgore said.
Ahead of the storm, the department is equipping cars with snow tires, and officers are on standby if more help is needed.
Sgt. Kilgore with the CPD's Traffic Division said drivers should stay off the roads on Tuesday if they can.
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"If you don't have to travel then just don't get out, there's no need for that. There are people who are going to need to respond to work, so the fewer cars on the road, the better it is for everyone," he explained.
If you have to drive in the snow, slow down, pay attention to what's going on and look out for black ice. It's advice Sgt. Kilgore hopes won't become white noise for drivers.
"Especially on these bridges, the air is going circulating around them is going to be much colder, so be careful going over the bridges, you may not see the black ice there," he said.
All traffic officers in Chattanooga will be out on Tuesday, according to Kilgore. They will be stationed in known trouble spots, but it will take more than enforcement to keep everyone safe. Kilgore said everyone has a responsibility to keep the roads safe.
"People want to take pictures of something they see on the side of the road, a crash they may see, oh look at that tree, it has ice, it looks nice. Just pay attention to what's going on in front of you, slow down and don't get too close to others," he said.
Additionally, the Tennessee Highway Patrol says that starting at midnight, January 29, all abandoned vehicles will be towed from all major roadways for safety reasons due to the possibility of inclement weather.