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Tips for driving in icy conditions

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BILLINGS, Mont. -

During Friday night's snowfall, Montana Highway Patrol said deputies responded to 17 accidents in the Billings area. Although Montanans may be used to snowfall, it can't hurt to brush up on the do's and don'ts of winter weather driving.

Sergeant Hayter with the Montana Highway Patrol said many of the accidents that have happened since yesterday is because people are still traveling too fast on the roads for the conditions. He said drivers are also not giving themselves enough distance around other vehicles. He also said Saturday is not as icy as it was Friday, but there are still areas on the road that can be dangerous and drivers need to slow down.

Sgt. Hayter said there are tips that might help you in icy conditions.

 "Just watch for changing road and weather conditions," Sgt. Hayter said. "Slowing down is the most important one. Give yourself more room around other vehicles and then buckle up. We've been fortunate enough not to have no serious injuries. Everyone's been restrained properly."

Sgt. Hayter said accidents that have happened on Saturday morning involved bigger vehicles such as semis or vehicles pulling trailers. He said the worst one he's seen since Friday morning was a multiple vehicle crash on Friday night that closed the interstate down. He said it involved multiple semis and a school bus.

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