NJ State police respond to more than 300 snow-related crashes
New Jersey State Police encountered more than 1,600 motorists who, despite numerous warnings to stay off the roads during Saturday's massive storm, still attempted to travel and ended up crashing or needing assistance.
NJ State Police responded to 301 crashes and 1,635 motorist aids during the storm, according to a message posted to the NJSP Facebook page Sunday afternoon. Police said that while many of the main roads were cleared, some side secondary roads were still snow-covered.
"There is not travel ban, but slow and steady is the way to go if you're out and about. Road conditions are still dangerous in many areas. Don't become a stat," the Facebook post states.
Police also issued a warning, reminding drivers to look out for black ice.
"If you're not home right now with a heating pad on your back after shoveling all day, watch out for black ice. The same goes for tomorrow as you head out for your morning commute. Snow melt from today's sunshine will freeze overnight and remain that way into the morning," police said on Facebook.
Yesterday, as the storm pummeled the Garden State, AAA Mid-Atlantic reported that they were called upon to tow more than 125 vehicles from state roadways and that number was expected to grow as the storm continued and people continued to attempt to hit the road.
NJ State Police also encountered many stranded and stuck tractor-trailers on major roadways throughout New Jersey as a result of hazardous conditions and snow drifts.
In addition to black ice warnings, police again warned drivers to remove snow from the roofs of vehicles.
"Let's not leave snow on the roof for the wind to take care of. Please make sure you remove the snow from your vehicle. Snow and ice blowing off of roofs cause dangerous driving conditions," NJSP said on Facebook. "Let's not make a Monday any worse than it already is."
According to Sgt. Jeff Flynn of the New Jersey State Police, troopers issued 275 summonses to drivers in 2015 for failure to remove ice and snow from their vehicles’ hoods, windows and roofs. They also issued 176 warnings.