CSP: More crashes in rainy weather

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MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) -- Colorado State Patrol said it has responded to more than 200 car crashes so far this year, and this week’s weather isn't helping to slow down the numbers.

CSP said whenever the weather changes troopers see more crashes and more distractions.

"We've actually gone up from an average of two a day, to some of our days we've been at six," said Trooper Dan Chermok, with Colorado State Patrol.

As the saying goes, if you don't like the weather wait five minutes.

"Sunny and dry conditions have turned into ice packed, slush packed, roadways and we have had a lot of crashes," said Chermok.

Chermok said there are a lot of reasons for a crash.

"Distracted driving is one of the worst things you can do on the roadway," he said. "Following too closely in conjunction with the distractions, and we’ve also seen some mechanical issues like bald tires."

Even with weather's unpredictability, there are some things you can do before hitting the road.

One of the most dangerous spots for people to watch out for is along I-70 because of the higher speeds.

CSP said aside from weather changes this time of year troopers also see a lot of motorcycle crashes. It’s because a lot of people ditch the cars for bikes when the weather gets warmer.

CSP also warns people that if your tires made it through winter that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. The recommended tire tread depth is different for seasons.

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