LPD gives advice for driving on slick roads

LPD gives advice for driving on slick roads

LAWTON, OK (RNN Texoma) - Roads might get slick in Texoma this weekend because of the winter-like weather forecasted for the area.

The roads are fine right now, but they may not stay clear through the weekend. If they get bad, Lawton Police Department's Chief, James Smith, said drivers should stay off the roads if they can.

Chief Smith said people don't have to be driving very fast to have problems on slick roads.

"You can just press on the gas a little bit and your car will spin," he said. "You can lose control."

That's why he's urging drivers to be extra careful if they have to drive this weekend. He said if you must drive, there some things people should do to help prevent spinning out or wrecking.

"Leave a little early and when you're traveling leave some space between them and the other driver," he said.

Lawton Police Officers will be out patrolling the streets and helping those who get stuck. Chief Smith said the officers are trained to drive on these conditions but slick roads can be tricky for them just like they are for many of us.

"We're out there to help make sure that people get there safe, reach their destination safe but also we want to make sure that our drivers are safe and our officers are safe," he said. "When they have to get out there on the side of the road, they have all of their lights on, they have their vests on, but please look out for our officers too."

If someone gets into an accident, has car trouble, or problems driving in the possible slush, they should make sure other drivers can see you.

"Pull over to the side of the road, put on their flashers, and if they have to exit their car do it at a safe distance," he said.

If you have to drive this weekend, drivers can check the road conditions before they leave with a new app by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. It tells drivers the road conditions and if traffic is backed up.

It can be found by searching “ODOT.”

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