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Beeson: Use common sense in winter


December 26, 2012
Morning Journal News

SALEM -Motorists trying to traverse the snow-covered roadways Wednesday found traffic moving slowly, if at all, with multiple accidents reported and some businesses choosing to shut down for the day in preparation for more snow.

"It all goes down to common sense," Salem Police Lt. Don Beeson said, noting that people shouldn't be traveling in the bad weather unless it's an emergency.

He said the biggest problem was people didn't listen to the reports about storm coming, because traffic was heavy in the morning during the height of the initial storm.

One of the city's new 2012 cruisers sustained minor damage after getting rear-ended by another vehicle after responding to an accident near Howard and Second Street. No one was injured.

"Within 3 minutes, we had three accidents at Second and Howard," he said.

The city of Salem declared its snow emergency parking ban effective at 11 a.m. Wednesday and continuing through noon today. The village of Leetonia also put a snow emergency parking ban in effect until further notice.

Some area roads ended up shut down for a period due to accidents or stuck vehicles, including what's known as the Millville hill leading out of Salem east on state Route 14 due to a problem with a semi truck.

Beeson said the same thing happens every time there's a storm - people flood the dispatcher with calls asking about the roads. He said they need to use some common sense.



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