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Slick Street Policy and Driving Safe

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Another snowy blast caused icy roads and multiple accidents. To handle what happens in that type of weather, the Billings Police Department has had a slick street policy for many years.

When in effect, Billings Police won't respond to accidents that don't involve injuries or DUIs.

"It's just trying to use our resources and specifically our manpower to best serve the community," said Lt. Kevin Iffland. "And with that there are just some days when we have so many accidents there's just no way we could handle or respond to all of them."

Lt. Iffland says on an average high accident day, police can get anywhere from 20 to 50 calls for crashes. Each accident takes an officer an average of an hour to complete. Police say good driver behavior matters during bad road conditions.

"And there are common sense tips. Make sure your windows are clear of snow and not just the front little twelve-inch square that you can see out of driving down the street," Lt. Iffland said. "Your reaction time is going to be slower so you got to you have to leave more space between you and the vehicle in front of you or you and that turning vehicle or whatever the case might be."

Most of all, slow down and drive safely. As always, if you get into an accident, exchange information.

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