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State troopers advice: Slow down and drive with caution

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- The first snowstorm of the season is winding down in Eastern Iowa, but drivers are still encountering hazardous conditions on the roads. Which is why state troopers are asking drivers to use caution and slow down.

"We hear the same thing every year -- but the same thing keeps happening every year. The speeds are too fast out there, folks just need to slow down," said Trooper Dan Schaefer.

Schaefer spent Saturday morning dealing with, for the most part, avoidable accidents.

"We're seeing people running five to ten miles over the speed limit, which is way too fast for today," he said.

The driving is as predictable as the weather in Iowa. But what you can no longer count on -- is help coming right around the corner.

"When multiple vehicles are going in the ditch, it could be a very long time before somebody gets there to help you out," Schaefer explained.

The reason for the delay? Its another thing you're hearing over and over these days -- the budget is getting tighter and tighter.

"About ten years ago we started seeing our numbers decrease," Schaefer continued, "and it's just been getting worse to the point we're at now. It has never been this bad."

While it's a challenge to handle all the accidents, a common violation is downright disturbing for troopers. Folks are not obeying the Move Over, Slow Down law.

"We haven't had a winter lately that one of our troops has not been hit on the shoulder," Schaefer said.

Which is why, when they say slow down, be cautious, they're deadly serious.

"Its... it does get old," Schaefer admitted.

One more piece of winter driving advice for Iowans:

"Have good equipment. Make the investment, get some good tires on your car. That'll pay dividends down the road," Schaefer said.

Click here to view current road conditions in Iowa.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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