Tips For Drivers Hoping To Brave The Roads

Law Enforcement Advises No Driving; Tips For Those Who Need To

Since 11:30 a.m., officials have advised drivers in Sioux Falls to stay off the roads until the conditions improve.  

Outside of Sioux Falls, a myriad of interstate closures and shutdowns have gone in place to discourage driving.

Law enforcement is telling people don’t drive unless in an absolute emergency situation because they say it’s going to get worse before it gets better. 

South Dakota Highway Patrol Lieutenant Jeff Devaney said it’s up to the drivers to make the decision.

“We’re going to be out and do the best that we can but ultimately, it’s their responsibility. If they’re taking the chance to go out and about their taking a little bit of responsibility for themselves,” said Lt. Devaney.

Officer Sam Clemens with the Sioux Falls Police Department said if someone is preparing to brave the roads, at least make sure to be prepared.

“It’s always a good idea to let somebody know what your plan is, where you’re going, what time you’re going to arrive and realize that you’re going to need to give yourself some extra time whether it’s 20 minutes, 30 minutes or even 40 minutes,” Officer Clemens said.

Law enforcement also wants drivers to know that they will do their best to respond as fast as possible, but to have patience as they are driving in the same difficult conditions.

Officer Clemens also said a cell phone is a vital tool if you’re planning on driving home in these conditions.

He said to make sure it is fully charged so you can call someone for help if you run into problems.

Drivers can also check safetravelusa.com for the latest updates on road conditions.