MANKATO – Inch forward…peek. Inch forward…peek…GUN IT!
It’s a driving process many southern Minnesota residents have employed this winter.
The fact is there is a lot of snow piled up and much of it is on residential street corners and at the end of driveways.
And Mankato police say they are hearing about it.
“People aren’t adjusting to high snow banks,” according to Acting Mankato Police Commander Doug Fredricks.
He says people are calling and wanting the city to clear the snow away from intersections. In a perfect world, they would. But Mankato has a lot of street corners.
“We’d (the city) be broke and the snow melted by the time we were done,” says Fredricks.
Instead, Fredricks is urging motorists to simply slow down and use caution, not just at city intersections, but in general.
Since the first major snow event on November 13th, 2010, Mankato police have responded to 638 accidents. That’s up slightly from the 606 accidents in the same period last year.
Fredricks said in one 24 hour period this season, officers covered 24 non-injury accidents, four injury crashes and responded to eight disabled vehicles.
And they all take time to clear.
“You (officer) run hard,” says Fredricks
Police are hoping motorist run a little less hard the rest of the winter, use caution and look out for each other.