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Facing Fines in Weather Related Accidents

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"A lot of people call in for road rage, but half the time you can't tell if they are just reckless drivers, or if it's because of the weather. So, they're sliding all over the place," said Officer Becho. "A lot of people call in for road rage, but half the time you can't tell if they are just reckless drivers, or if it's because of the weather. So, they're sliding all over the place," said Officer Becho.

PASCO, WA- Roadways may look clear during the day, but often times it is where we relax and think we are okay, that the accidents happen.

NBC Right Now's Morgan Ashley rode along with a Pasco police officer on Wednesday to take a glimpse into what they see on the road, and often times have to write tickets for. "It's a sheet of ice over there," explained Officer King, in reference to the intersection of Road 84 and Argent in Pasco. 

Officer Mario Becho's been around for almost 20 years, and with this wintry weather comes unfortunate tickets, "This one I believe is $136.00 and then they add on an extra accident fee," he explained as he analyzed a rollover crash on Burns Road.

The driver claimed he wanted to avoid a swerving oncoming car when we swerved out of the way and rolled down a snowy hill. Officer Becho says its common drivers in these types of accidents will receive "wheels off the road" or "driving too fast for conditions" tickets, regardless of the crash situation. 

But this was not Officer Becho's first accident of the day, earlier he saw a car try to stop at an intersection. "He didn't make it and slid right through the street and hit two parked cars. Pushing one of those cars in the automotive building across the street," described Officer Becho. 

Officers say a lot of accidents commonly happen at intersections, even if the roads do not look icy.

"You see the damage right there in the corner? Slides right into the bus, the bus is unoccupied, no passengers, no injuries," said Officer King regarding the Road 84 car and bus accident.

More often than not, if you do not leave a little earlier and you are in a hurry, there will always be someone trying to get ahead regardless of the condition of the road.

"A lot of people call in for road rage, but half the time you can't tell if they are just reckless drivers, or if it's because of the weather. So, they're sliding all over the place," said Officer Becho. 

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