State Troopers Ask For Patience As Winter Weather Slows Down Response Time

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(WHNT) - State Troopers and law enforcement agencies have all hands on deck.

Dangerous road conditions have already caused dozens of wrecks throughout the region, so State troopers are working additional shifts, and off days have been canceled.

Curtis Summerville, a spokesman for the agency, says they have seen an increase in emergency calls since the roads first iced over yesterday. Most wrecks, fortunately, were minor.

But the increased demand has put some strain on troopers, whose vehicles are not equipped for the winter weather.

"We have to monitor our vehicles and make adjustments in terms of how we drive, which is typically a whole lot slower," said Summerville. "So it may take us a little while longer to get there because we are driving slow, we want to get there in a safe manner because we're no good if we don't get there to help you."

State troopers ask if you do slide off the roads or get in a wreck, please be patient.They will get there but it will take some time.

In Dekalb County, some Sheriff's Deputies vehicles have been equipped with chains or studded tires, according to the Dekalb County EMA.

Even with the winter weather gear, it could take additional time for deputies to get to the scenes of any accidents or emergencies.

Like agencies across the Tennessee Valley, they are urging people to stay home and off the roads throughout Wednesday.

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