Snowy Conditions Cause More Than 10 Accidents

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Brick Police are accrediting snow and icy roads, plus unsafe speeds, as factors in ten accidents during the worst day of a snow storm, Tuesday.

With accumulations at more than 12 inches in the area and snow drifts, wind chills below zero, Tuesday snow began in the afternoon and continued through Wednesday morning.

During that time, Brick Police responded to 10 motor vehicle crashes, including an overturned car.

Sgt. Dave Bedrosian, Brick's Traffic Safety Unit supervisor, said drivers lost control while driving too fast on poor road conditions. Accidents resulted, with drivers having not enough braking distance and causing rear-end collisions.

In another case, a vehicle overturned on Route 70 near Van Zile, in a one-car crash, Bedrosian said. 

"The majority of the others were rear-end collisions for which the apparent contributing circumstances were unsafe speed (due to existing conditions) or following too closely," Bedrosian said.

During the storm, speed limits on the parkway were lowered and state and local police urged residents to refrain from driving if possible, due to poor conditions.

GT January 24, 2014 at 06:54 AM
Before I drove on the highway I did what I alwys do. I drove around the neighborhood a few time and the parking lot down the street. I did a little icey rd 9 deg weather practice. I drove around the block and at turns to side roads with no car I got it a little sideways to see how the truck would react. I drove straight down the street on the the back end sraight with no cars and braked hard to see how the truck stopped on that snowy sheet of ice. I went into the parking lot and made some hard sharp turns, turning the wheel faster than normal to see if the truck held the icey lot at 25 mph. Then I tried to see what it took to make it break traction, at what speed and how much over steer it took to get sideways and see if the truck would go completely sides while over steerin and using the throttle or come back straight. After 15 mins I knew what tp expect and when I hit the highway. I practice this every time it snow cause each event is different, Temps, Slush, packed snow, ice, salt no salt. I had no problem driving on the roads with all those others cars because I knew exatcly how to drive on the icy road that day and at what speed. A little preparedness is the key to not be un prepared if an emergemncy event happens unexpectdily and ending up in the patch news paper. Good luck out there. And go do a little practice when you get the chance... Granted I'll agree that gettin a little sideways in the parking lot is fun, it's still a good practice to know what your in for out there...
Bricky January 24, 2014 at 07:10 AM
Another non story from patch. Where is the real news?why does this site suck now?
disgusted homeowner January 24, 2014 at 07:57 AM
Tuesday afternoon it took me 45 minutes to get home at 2:30 for a trip that normally takes 12 minutes or so. Reason? I slowed down when i saw conditions were getting worse by the minute. So many folks think they are invinceable and can't get hurt because their in an SUV or have 4 wheel drive. I personally think when road conditions suck, we're all in the same boat traction wise, with black ice being the worst case scenario. I had a minor accident the friday we had the black ice in lakewood. No body damage but an expensice "broken tie rod" repair in the front end is going to cost me. And i was only going 25mph on New Hampshire Ave. People have to SLOW DOWN when these storms hit. And stay home off the roads if possible.
J.JONES January 24, 2014 at 10:10 AM
Wow it snowed in winter big news flash...Patch has gone down hill with reports..How about covering the places that still feed families that are still affected from SANDY ,How about families that are homeless and whats being done to help them ,How about whats being done to save families losing there homes ,How about families losing there jobs and unemployment ..People expect storms in winter they didn't expect to be still struggling to survive.
DENNIS SYLVESTER January 24, 2014 at 10:13 AM
The side roads in Brick are terrible. Its Fri. and my st. is still snow covered as are all the streets in shore acres. Out of salt already ??? That what the WORD is. Drumpoint rd. was a joke up until yesterday. Not that this storm surprised anyone.
Brian January 24, 2014 at 10:56 AM
I was impressed by the DPW with the snow storm on Jan 2. I thought, new mayor, new ways…. Well this storm, is right back to old. Coming home from work Wednesday morning the roads around this town were awful. And not just side streets (which mine is still a sheet of ice/snow) I'm talking about major roads like RT 70, Brick Blvd. Chambers Bridge/Hooper Ave, Drumpoint Rd) were all a mess.
C January 24, 2014 at 12:59 PM
Brian & Dennis I agree. The road clean up during & after this storm was terrible. I still can barely drive down my street off Drum Point from the solid ice now.
Thomas E Hendershot January 24, 2014 at 02:15 PM
Snow doesn't cause accidents, people do..... SLOW DOW!
disgusted homeowner January 24, 2014 at 04:36 PM
Regarding drum point rd. call the do nothing board of freeholders. Drum pt. like mantaloking road is a county highway and is the county's responsibility.
john January 24, 2014 at 05:30 PM
my road had a loader drive down it early in the evening of the snow storm..when i woke up the road looked like it never was touched..now the road is slick and is still covered. We can thank the people who run this town and run the DPW....do not blame or get mad at any of the men or women who are paid poorly and treated poorly to go out do the dirty work..or should i say lack of people,since the town doesnt want to hire anyone to take car of this town.whats funny is that even with the shortage of employees the town still budgets for these people....so where is the money going???
Thomas E Hendershot January 28, 2014 at 05:52 AM
Waste in Government ? :)
disgusted homeowner January 28, 2014 at 07:40 AM
I'm done with this crappy weather. Who'd we piss off in the weather dept. lately??? It's all Steve A.'s fault.


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