Ice-covered roads cause dozens of crashes

St. Joseph County, Ind. While most major roads were plowed Tuesday, they were blanketed in a dangerous sheet of ice.

In Mishawaka alone, police responded to more than 40 calls for slide-offs and accidents.

"A lot of people aren't giving the appropriate time to come to a complete stop," said Cpl. Jeff Price. "Or, they're going too fast for the road conditions."

Price says people are underestimating road conditions and traveling at normal speeds. He says when there's ice on the ground, drivers should reduce their speed to 5 to 10 miles below the posted limit.

"People think because you have an SUV you can go faster," he said. "But, when it comes to stopping, an SUV can slide just as much."

Price pulled one person over Tuesday night for speeding. The man was in a hurry and on his way to work. Price says many drivers find themselves in the same situation, so they need to build extra time into their schedules when the roads are bad.

"A lot of our accidents today have been happening at low speeds," he said. "The roads may be cleared, but the slickness of them can create hazardous conditions."

South Bend Police also responded to several accidents Tuesday.

Around 3 p.m., they tweeted, "Now seeing a dramatic increase in slide-offs and accidents at intersections. The plowed streets look clear but remain very icy. Slow down."

Roads will remain slick until temperatures increase Wednesday and road crews can start treating the ice with chemicals. Even then, it could take several days for the ice to melt.

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