Ride along with NSP Trooper before severe weather

Dangerous conditions on the road

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- Even with high wind gusts, a few drivers chose to speed making it dangerous for them and everyone else on the road.

One driver was pulled over for speeding and another driver was going over 100 miles per hour in a 65 mile per hour zone.

“Staying at the speed limit, and even driving a little bit slower due to the wind, is actually a little bit better because of the wind,” said NSP Trooper Mark White.

Cars and pickups can be lifted up off the pavement when high speeds and high winds are combined.

“In any of the severe weather that we have, if you don’t need to go somewhere, just stay home,” said White.

High winds can make driving conditions difficult.

“I’m feeling the car shift to the right a bit. I’m having to adjust a little bit more than I usually do when I am driving this section of the interstate. You can definitely hear those gusts hitting the car, and pushing around. You can see it in the semis that are ahead of us that are empty.. you can see them move a little bit too,” said White.

Even in severe weather and with multiple high wind warnings, officers cannot ticket semi-trucks for simply driving on the road, unless they are breaking a law.

“Stopping truck traffic, we’ve got to have a reason why we are stopping them. Driving on the shoulder, not maintaining lane, failure to use signals, or something that is in violation of the Nebraska rules on the road,” said White.

In the future in severe weather situations, if there is no dire need to be on the road, wait for the weather to pass.  If you must be on the road, watch your speed, maintain your lane, and be aware of your surroundings.

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