By Samantha Pidde
Herald Staff Writer
Area law enforcement agree that community school cancellations may have helped reduce the amount of traffic accidents during Tuesday’s snow storm.
Clinton Police Capt. Bill Greenwalt reported that Clinton saw five collisions Tuesday morning. He agreed that this was more than what they would see on a typical morning. He added that luckily, no one was injured in the accidents.
“Not that we want to have motor vehicle accidents but we certainly don’t want to have them with our citizens getting hurt,” Greenwalt said.
Greenwalt felt Tuesday was a steady day, but was a little quieter than expected. Sheriff Rick Lincoln said there were not many accidents out in the county. They agreed that school cancellations helped by keeping more people off the roads. Greenwalt added that the school district makes tough and good decisions about cancelling school.
Lincoln thought people being more prepared for the snow helped as well. He said people have become used to winter driving conditions and have adjusted accordingly.
“As long as a person is driving at a reasonable speed and is prepared to stop ahead things should go very well,” Lincoln said.
Greenwalt said that snow storms always increase officers’ responsibilities. Police spend part of their day making sure the emergency snow routes are clear. It also makes responding to normal calls challenging and increases response times.
Clinton County Emergency Management Director Chance Kness did not expect to see too much damage from the storm. As of Tuesday morning he had not seen any effects on power lines and did not think he would see any during the rest of the day.
He felt that as long as people stayed inside when the snow got worse, they would be fine.