March 14, 2014
It's a drastic move but the Staunton Police Department began issuing summons to drivers who got into accidents Thursday.
The summonses were issued to drivers whose cars weren't equipped for driving in weather conditions such as the heavy snow that came down.
Officer Lisa Klein says the goal is to stress how important it is to stay off the roads when there's bad weather.
On these kinds of days, police officers often spend their day taking care of people that shouldn't have been out on the road in the first place.
Klein says, "In this kind of weather condition, we charge people if they're driving with inappropriate equipment. For example, if you have no tread on your tires, you're not supposed to be out on a regular road, let alone on an icy road."
Actual numbers for how many drivers got one of the summonses Thursday will be released later.