Saturday, January 7, 2017

The crashes keep coming

The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued the following statement:

On Friday, January 6, 2017, the Mississippi Highway Patrol investigated 134 traffic crashes and responded to 296 calls for assistance on interstate and highway systems statewide. Rain and icing of the roadways played a significant role in the high number of crashes. Due to the possibility of future winter weather situations, we encourage motorists to use safe driving techniques and avoid distractions when operating motor vehicles.


To Swerve And Protek said...

'Calls for assistance'....Oh My! What they will tell you, unless you say you are blocking the roadway, is to call AAA or a wrecker service.

Anonymous said...

A body shop's dream weather.

PittPanther said...

I220 completely iced over this morning. Very few cars, going 30mph at best. The streets were better.

David Mann said...

Holy crap ,now comes the Clinton Bodyshop commercial,s

Anonymous said...

HAVE YOOOOUUU been injured by bad weather? Call ME, and I'll get YOU the money YOU deserve!

Pappy O'daniel said...

Can we get a thread going on what an absolutely shitty job MDOT has done in the Jackson area for this storm. They did no treatment of the road whatsoever last night because it was just going to "wash away". And right now the roads are still not clear and will ice over again tonight and strand people on the interstate. Total crap.

Anonymous said...

Was it that bad? My mail hasn't been delivered for the last 2 days.

Office In Jackson.. said...

John Morgan cautions about the use of the word 'crashes'. He says the insurance companies demand the use of that word instead of accidents. Is this relevant? Who the hell knows? Why would SnakeFish use the term 'crashes'. Planes crash.

Anonymous said...

4:49!!! I have had to write MDOT about that damn "crash" issue!!! Planes crash. Trucks, autos, trains and ships wreck. I even had a dispute with WAPT about this. I guess I will strap on my scuba gear and go explore a ship "crash" next week.

Honestly I thought it was a Jackson thing to call it a crash. Who knows. Could be the millennial wanting to change our terminology.

Pappy O'Daniel said...

Since insurance companies run this state it's going to be a crash. Someone is always at fault and they will pay because the damn insurance company isn't going to just take the hit...hell no.

Anonymous said...

Hey Pappy can you explain to everyone what MDOT should have put on he interstate that would have
prevented the roads and bridges from icing? The words crash, wreck or accident are interchangeable. The
USDOT and FMCSA gather "crash" stats. So I guess if everyone completing and submitting "crash" data
understands how the term is used it is hard to understand why it bothers you. Oh the metro roadways are open.

Anonymous said...

Pappy please tell everyone what MDOT should have put on the roads and bridges
To keep them from icing? Crash/wreck/accident could be interchanged. USDOT
and FMCSA collects "crash" data. If everyone submitting "crash" reports
understand the use of the word "crash" why it is bothersome to some. Please
hurry with your explanation so MDOT cas see it. Winter is not over.

Anonymous said...

The only thing the MHP has to do is work wrecks and write tickets.

Pappy O'daniel said...

@7:33...Salt, Sand, a combination of the two, brine solution or calcium chloride would have been acceptable..doing nothing and letting people stay overnight on the interstate due to a wholly avoidable situation is simply not acceptable. And no crap the USDOT collects crash stats..they changed it in the mid 90's due to lobbying from insurance companies...

John Dough said...

From Webster:

Definition of crash
transitive verb
a : to break violently and noisily : smash

Anonymous said...

If the MHP had just ordered an emergency contract be given to that friendly firm of consultants and drinking buddies none of this would have happened.I guess somebody with the checkbook was on vacation or preparing for retirement.

Anonymous said...

Pappy, you're missing the point. Anything MDOT put down would have been washed away by the rain before the temp dropped below freezing.

Anonymous said...

Pappy is right. Other states with the same or worse conditions managed to get something down on their roadways. Listen to the truck drivers who started sliding and jack-knifing the minute they crossed our state line. Precipitation has been long over and they never put salt or sand on bridges which were still iced over and treacherous this morning.

Anonymous said...

Well, if anybody is to blame for all the crashes, it's our local "weather personalities". I spent a LOT of time, watching three channels. Not only did those fools underestimate the chill, but none of them warned people of even the possibility of sleet accumulations and ice (until those conditions were becoming reality). They seemed fixated on whether we'd have snow. Truckers follow the weather, and a great many of them would have avoided the mess, if only the possibility of ice had been mentioned.

Being 60, I've seen too many such weather fronts come in, and prove far worse than the weather idiots had predicted. I stayed home on Friday, because what the 'weather experts' were saying didn't make sense. Glad I erred on the side of caution.

However, given the short notice of a hard freeze, I may have lost a good bit of newly-planted (and expensive) vegetation. Had I had a few more hours of notice, I could have obtained enough mulch to save those shrubs. The roads were already icing, by the time we learned that the temperature was going below 20: too late to run to Home Depot for a few bales of mulch.

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