Winter causes nearly 800 accidents

Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Police said Monday they had responded to 796 accidents since mid-November, during one of the snowiest winters in Juneau history.

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Many accidents were caused by driving too fast for road conditions, according to Lt. Kris Sell. Many drivers were cited for speeding, careless or negligent driving.

"If each accident takes one officer hour, that is the equivalent of one officer working 19 weeks just on those calls," Sell said in a press release. "If each vehicle involved in an accident sustained only $500 in damage, Juneau vehicles sustained almost $400,000 in damage."

Juneau remained 1.9 inches short of the all-time snowfall record as of Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. The record is still 194.3 inches in the 1964-65 season.

Forecasters expected flurries Monday night. More snow is expected to arrive today.



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