KENNEWICK, Wash. - With winter coming, roads will get slippery and wet. And the Washington State Patrol anticipates Tri-City drivers are bound to crash into each other.
From November to February traffic collisions in our state patrol region almost double. Last year nearly 1600 drivers got into accidents. If you're one of those people, the State Patrol knows you need a trooper right away, but they're short staffed.
To get a trooper faster, they said give the following information:
1) Are there any injuries?
2) Give the location of the collision including exit number, milepost and lane direction.
3) Give the type and color of vehicles involved.
4) Give the position of the vehicles on the road.
"By getting as much information from witnesses as possible it helps us prioritize resources a little better," said Sgt. Roger Wilbur, Washington State Patrol.
With more information, they can get to you faster. Now if you want to avoid collisions this winter troopers recommend slow down and increase your following distance.