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Newton County Sheriff's Office talks challenges of winter conditions

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When it comes to traveling in winter conditions, sergeant David Trimble has some advice for you.

"Weigh out the risk. If you don't need to be out in this, don't be out in it and risk your own life and those others that are out on the road with you."

But for him, being out in this snow and ice is part of his job.

"I just come to work like I would any other day, but I know that the calls that we're going to be facing are going to consist of slideoffs and probably vehicle crashes," said Sergeant.

There are also more calls from family members afar, concerned about their relatives well being in the cold.  

But getting to such calls on days like these  is harder. Trimble points out that many of the challenges he and fellow sheriff's deputies face are related to the roads.  

"Obviously with inclement weather, snowy roads, icy roads,, it's going to take us a much longer to respond."

The rural routes are less maintained,  making it harder to drive to and from an emergency.

And in these conditions, Sergeant Trimble says he often weighs the risks on whether it's worth stopping someone for a minor traffic violation.

"You might not have a shoulder to pull that vehicle over safely. Or with the roads being slick, people coming up on an emergency vehicle, they see those lights, their first reaction is they want to hit the breaks, which is not recommended doing on ice. You don't want to accelerate rapidly and you don't want to hit your breaks. So that endangers us, not only us, but also the person we might have on a traffic stop."

He says if you have to travel on days like these, to stay below the speed limit.

"A slower speed is a much safer speed when the roads are in this condition."

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