SD Hwy Patrol Responds To Dozens Of Accidents
by Laura Monteverdi, Reporter
February 10, 2013 8:02 PM
The South Dakota Highway Patrol had a busy day on Sunday, responding to a number of accidents across the state.
The more snow and sleet that fell on Sunday meant even more crashes in the Sioux Falls area.
Whether it was a car crashing into a guardrail on Interstate 29 or a semi truck that slid off Interstate 90 into a ditch, the South Dakota Highway Patrol had their hands full.
Trooper Kristoff DeKramer has been with the South Dakota Highway Patrol for 8 years and has seen his fair share of accidents.
“The number one problem we see in Sioux Falls, and it's probably statewide, is people go too fast,” said DeKramer.
However, on Sunday, catching speeders wasn't a priority.
“We're not out doing enforcement or looking to stop speeders. We're out trying to prevent crashes, be visible and just to assist motorists,” explained DeKramer.
They said their goal is to prevent crashes from happening by sending a message to drivers.
“We're just trying to send a message to slow down because that's what's typically causing these crashes and people sliding into the ditch,” said DeKramer.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol responded to a total of 56 accidents across the state on Sunday from midnight to 6 P.M.