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Slippery Roads Saturday Night

TRI-CITIES, Wash. - Ice covered area roads early Sunday morning after freezing rain started falling Saturday night.

There were over 30 car accidents reported in the Tri-Cities, which is much less then when snow first hit a few weeks ago.  Police said Saturday night the cold weather kept many criminals inside.

Police said when the weather gets bad criminals sometimes stay inside.  Police said typically they see more domestic problems.

West Richland Police Sergeants Bill Leach said driving on the roads could be dangerous.  He said, "People don't realize that it is easy to go fast but very hard to stop.  They are sliding through stop signs and loosing control."

Police said there was not that much criminal activity and some officers suspect that criminals stayed inside because of the cold weather.

Kennewick Police Sergeants Scott Child said, "Literally a sheet of ice all over everything and that could be a reason we didn't have a lot of crime reported to us last night."

Kennewick Police said they see more D.U.I collisions when the weather is bad.

Police also said that drivers get used to the icy roads as the winter progresses.

Kennewick reported accidents and troopers reported about 27.

Child said, "Most Tri-Citians are used to the ice being on the roadway.  During the first snow we usually have tons of accidents and that's what happened about a month ago and we see people doing a lot better."

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