Icy Conditions: Safe Speeds Encouraged

Roads are slick after rain and sleet yesterday. Roads across the peninsula are still hazardous and drivers should take note of local conditions. The DOT warns that roads from Kenai south to Anchor Point and east past Sterling are difficult and driving around Seward is very difficult. Check 511.alaska.gov for the latest.

 

We spoke to Sgt. Ben Langham at KPD about driving safely.

 

Sgt. Langham: “Due to icy conditions the Kenai Police Department would like to remind drivers to use caution on our roadways. Remember to make sure that you have adequate tread on your tires and leave plenty of space between your vehicle and others. Many winter time accidents are caused by driving too fast so please adjust your speed for the conditions.”

 

KPD Chief Gus Sandahl said drivers should match their speed to the current conditions…

 

Chief Sandahl: “There are some days this winter, it’s not safe to drive over 40 miles per hour, people need to realize that, they need to get up earlier, leave earlier, or otherwise plan on being late. It’s not worth the risk to them or the public to try to maintain those speeds.”

 

Chief Sandahl told us that while some tires still meet minimum tread depth, they are not safe for the cold, icy conditions.

 

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