Wet Roads Blamed for Large Number of Accidents

Authorities say Friday's bad weather, plus the crowded streets, wasn't a good mix.

TPD Communications OFC Tom Horn says between noon and 6 p.m. Friday, there were at least 20-30 reported traffic accidents, many of them hit and run.

Tom Horn says, "I would say probably say at least 60 to 70 percent more accidents than on a standard day."

Jackson Whitehead with the Tallahassee Fire Department, adds, "Once the roads get wet, after the first 10 or 15 minutes of rain, oils come to the top of the roadway and it becomes slick and slippery."

Slick roads plus motorists driving at unsafe speeds usually equals a recipe for disaster.

Tom adds, "The one reason for the increase in the number of accidents today is due to the large number of people here in town dropping students off at school and what not."

Horn says with so many folks on the roadways it's wise if you're driving not to follow the car in front of you too closely, and allow yourself extra time to get to your destination.

OFC Horn also reminds motorists to always buckle up!