LCSO provides winter driving safety tips

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputy Brad Ward has patrolled the Lincoln County roadways for the past two years and knows just how dangerous the roads can get after a storm.

"There are usually a lot more accidents when we have weather like this, so we do try to prepare for it."

Ward was one of three deputies patrolling the roads Thursday morning and tries to log about 100 miles of road time on a daily basis.

He says every winter there are dozens of people who will get into accidents simply because they don't know how to drive in these conditions.

"We get a lot of people traveling the interstate and through our highway system that aren't from this area and they don't necessarily know how to drive in those conditions properly," Ward said

He says accidents can be avoided if people just take their time, keep plenty of distance between them and the vehicle in front of them and are aware of their surroundings.

"They need to make sure there is no other traffic coming towards you and if there is, pay extra close attention to them because just because your light is green it doesn't mean they are going to be stopping from the direction they are coming from," he said. "They can still strike you if they are not stopping or slowing down at the right distance and the right speeds."

Ward says modern weather technology has helped motorists be better prepared for the weather.