Williamson County Slick Spots
MARION -- As round two of wintry weather moves through the region, Williamson County law enforcers are asking motorists to drive with caution.
After last weeks winter storm, crews had roads driveable by the beginning of the work week. But police in Williamson County are still seeing plenty of accidents.
Williamson County deputy Brian Murrah says the peak season for car accidents is usually when the first bit of winter weather hits.
"It seems like after the first one, everybody gets their memories jogged a little bit and they remember what they have to do and what they need to not do," he says.
While people are driving more carefully, many are forgetting about the slick spots.
"We're assuming that since the roads are fine right where we're driving, that it's also going to be fine around the next curve or over the next hill. There's places where that's true and there's places where around the next curve is just a sheet of ice still," says Murrah.
The Williamson County sheriff's department sent us dash-cam video taken Thursday just off Spillway Road. Two vehicles hit slick spots along the shoulder and spun out of control.
And there have been many other accidents like that.
"The thawing and refreezing is the biggest part of the problem," says Murrah.
As snow and ice melt during the day, it leaves a thin layer of water. That thin layer of water becomes a thin layer of ice overnight, as temperatures drop, creating a hazard if driving too fast, especially around curves. The faster you drive the less reaction time you have.
Murrah says his department responded to at least six weather-related crashes Thursday. And during last week's storm, it was between six and eight winter related accidents a day.
"You don't have to be scared to drive. You don't have to be just terrified to go out on it. Just slow down and have that awareness that half a mile down the road it may not be this good," says Murrah.
Between Thursday, December 5th and Friday, December 13th before 4 p.m., Williamson County police have reported 71 weather related accidents. A reminder to drive carefully this winter.
Wind: 9 MPH
Humidity: 87 %