MHP, MDOT advise against unnecessary driving

Source: MGN
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JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - The below freezing temperatures have made traveling more complicated in Mississippi.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol and Mississippi Department of transportation advise against unnecessary driving Friday evening and Saturday morning.

MHP said it had responded to a high number of crashes by mid-afternoon Friday: sixty-two traffic crashes and 141 calls for assistance statewide.

Due to possible icing of the roads and bridges, the agency encouraged motorists to travel only in emergency situations, at lower vehicle speeds, and to use extreme caution.

MDOT executive director, Melinda McGrath, says the agency did prepare, putting down brine, a chemical pre-treatment, on roads Thursday. The problem came with the quick switch to freezing temperatures and sleet. The pre-treatment washed away. And they spent the early part of Friday trying to catch up.

Crews were able to get to stretches of the interstate and put out a mixture to give drivers more traction.

But some spots were just slick enough to have some cars sliding. MDOT is hopeful that people will heed the warnings and stay off the roads.