Windy Travel

By: Kelly Creswell Email
By: Kelly Creswell Email

While police will be enforcing the speed limit, many drivers were already keeping speeds down because of the high winds.

"It's been a little scary at times..the wind feels like it's moving the car's a little scary," says Brenda Tice.

"The wind right now is bad...As you can see right now I'm holding onto the tree," says Jo Quarles.

But the wind was strong enough to blow some things over. Workers say it was so windy that these Porta Potties fell over and they had to put them behind this wall to make sure that it wouldn't happen again. Nevertheless, the wind was causing problems for everyone today, including truck drivers along the interstate.

"We have to stay further away from the cars and make sure that when we're in the construction zones that we slow down quite a bit so that we don't get blown into the barriers and so forth," says Valerie Miller, a truck driver.

State troopers are hoping their beefed up presence on the roads cause drivers to slow down and pay attention to traffic.

"With truckers with empty trailers, you're going to notice a lot of swaying on those trucks, you're going to want to stay out of their blindspots," says Trooper Morris. "If you can stay in front of them or safely to the rear, you don't really want to hang right beside them for a long length of time because if the wind does catch those trailers, they're going to sway back and forth."

Trooper Morris says drivers should put more distance between their car and a tractor trailer in case the wind should cause it to fishtail. He also says don't speed in bad weather conditions because ultimately it could lead to more traffic accidents. State troopers will be out again next weekend conducting a new campaign called "Operation Cruise Control.”

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