Drivers Try To Stay Safe In The Borderland


POSTED: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 8:01am

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 8:06am

EL PASO- We're not seeing snow falling right now, but that's not slowing things down for police and emergency responders. They were bombarded with cars rolling over, sliding off the road and crashing into guardrails and medians.

As temperatures stayed well below freezing overnight, we headed out to see how drivers were handling the slick roadways.

Palm trees were covered, attempting to protect them from the snow.

All over the Borderland crews were working to help make the roadways safe.

El Paso Police Officers are driving with chains on their tires, and trying to stay on their feet.

"It's pretty dangerous. I have to give my cousin a ride down to work off of Zaragoza, so we will see how that goes,” said driver Yvette Garcia.

El Paso drivers say there are certain precautions everyone should keep in mind in order to stay safe.

"Drive slow. Go five miles per hour if anything. Put both hands on the wheels and just whenever there is a red light, just stop maybe 100 feet before you get to it because it's really bad out there. There was an accident a couple minutes ago. That kind of worried me,” said Garcia.

Crews were also busy overnight cleaning up accidents as fast as they could, but it's no secret there is no way to escape the winter weather.

"Either way, back roads or freeways, it's still dangerous out there,” said Garcia.

If you're lucky, you or your child's school is either cancelled or on a two hour delay, allowing more time for crews to sand the roads before you head out.

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