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Pending snow, freezing rain could make roads dangerous

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WEST SALEM, Wisconsin (WXOW) – With snow and freezing rain expected Friday night, the roads are becoming more dangerous from drivers.

State Patrol said the number one cause of accidents is that people don't slow down when the weather is bad.

There's a lot of black ice on the highways, said State Trooper Ryan Smith. When a car hits it at 65 miles per hours – the speed limit – it's likely to spin off the road.

Smith said slowing down is the best way to prevent accidents.

"These roads are off and on bad," Smith said. "Even when it's not snowing, we have bridges frost up, freeze up. Just with no snow, or rain, or anything like that coming down. The roads are just constantly bad. You always need to be looking out for that and aware of that."

Another tip from State Patrol is to not be a distracted driver.

What a driver is doing in his/her car may be completely legal, but after a crash, the driver can be cited for inattentive driving.

A person in a car crash should call 9-1-1 immediately. Smith said be as specific as possible with location. For example, point out a mile marker or landmark.

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