Police: More than 50 crashes already reported across state due to snow

(Chesterfield Police)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Virginia State Police said they are reminding drivers of treacherous conditions during the recent bout of snow and sleet.

Police is asking you to not drive, unless absolutely necessary.

Troopers have increased their patrols to ensure quick response and to help clear crashes and disabled vehicles in the most impacted areas of the state.

As of 1 p.m. Sunday, Police have responded to 32 crashes in Richmond division, 14 in the Appomattox Division, six in the Wytheville Division, and 13 in the Salem Division.

The majority of the crashes involve only damage to vehicles. No traffic fatalities have been reported at this time.

Remember to pay attention to the conditions if you have to drive:

  • Slow Your Speed. Whether the roads are icy or just wet, surfaces are still slick and can cause a driver going too fast for conditions to lose control.
  • Stay Alert. Avoiding distractions - phone, radio, food, etc. - and focusing strictly on your role as a driver and on the other vehicles around you significantly increase your chances of avoiding a crash. Multi-tasking while driving puts yourself and others at risk. Also be alert to changing road conditions and share the road responsibly with all types of vehicles.
  • Buckle Up. Drivers and passengers should always buckle up for safety. If you lose control on a slick roadway and spin out, the seat belt holds you in place and will likely save your life.
  • 511 for Road Conditions. Needing to know if it's safe to travel? Then call 511 or visit www.511virginia.orgor download the 511 App. Only call 911 if it's an emergency and not for road conditions.
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