Rain & Fog Make For Nightmare Driving Conditions

By: Julie Maloney Email
By: Julie Maloney Email

Rain and fog have come at a very inopportune time with travelers heading back home after Christmas, but police say there are ways to keep your family safe.

Dreary weather is making holiday traveling dangerous for hundreds on the road this week and one man says he's staying off the road after a close call last weekend.

Rain, fog and a stream of cars is a dangerous combination.

"It's just hectic and scary," said Marcus Taulbee.

Taulbee says it was raining and roads were slick Christmas Eve. He was working, driving a semi, when the breaks went out.

"Too many people, too many people. Cars would not get out of the way," Taulbee said.

Taulbee says it was a frightening situation, especially with so many cars on the road.

"Cars think when you're driving a big truck that you can stop in the same time they can and that's just not so. You've got to think rational. You just can't account for what other people do," Taulbee said.

"The big thing is try to not only watch out for your driving, but also look out for other motorists," said Officer Kyle Morgan with the Hazard City Police Department.

Officer Morgan says lack of attention to driving combined with poor driving conditions has kept him busy working accidents.

"Especially with temperatures dropping, it can be dangerous," Morgan said.

After Taulbee learned that first hand, he says he plans to stay off the road as much as possible.

If you're not planning to stay home, police recommend allowing plenty of travel time and of course, buckling up.

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