CRASHES QUADRUPLED DURING STORM

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By Miriam Raftery

December 17, 2016 (San Diego) – During yesterday’s stormy weather, 546 collisions were reported from midnight to 8 p.m. on freeways and streets in unincorporated areas of San Diego County, according to the California Highway Patrol.

On a normal day with good weather, 140 crashes are reported –so the storm resulted in nearly a four-fold increase in collisions.

These numbers don’t include accidents on city streets not patrolled by the CHP.

Remember to slow down and allow extra following distance during rainy weather or on rain-slicked roadways after a storm, to reduce your risk of being involved in a collision.  Keeping headlights on also makes your vehicle more visible to others during heavy downpours.  Also be aware that mountain roads may be icy during winter storms, and watch for downed branches during high winds.