DPD respond to 10 accidents due to winter weather

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - The Dothan Police Department worked at least 10 weather related wrecks as folks tried to get to their jobs. This is what happens when it's below freezing outside and there are icy road conditions.

"Once you hit that ice, you can't control it. The vehicle is going to go where it wants to go,” said Lt. Scott Long with the DPD.

He says they responded to those 10 wrecks between 5:00-10:00 AM. All of them on bridges, majority 84-West headed toward Dothan.

"We had done several public safety announcements for them to slow down. Many people did and many people didn't.”

Mark Smith, the owner of Eagle Towing and Recovery, sent crews to three accidents, including one from a five vehicle wreck.

"Be cautious and give yourself plenty of stopping distance,” said Smith. “If you can't see the bottom of the person's car in front of you, you're traveling too close."

Also, make sure you drive at least 10 miles under the speed limit.

"Every one of those crashes was preventable,” added Lt. Long.

As a safety reminder, Lt. Long says it is state law to move as far left as possible when there is an emergency vehicle on the road. While they were responding to calls this morning, they noticed a lot of people were not obeying that law.