Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax
*** For Immediate Release***
December 04, 2015
Contact: Sergeant J. Paul Cagle
Phone: (360) 596-4014
Cell: (360) 507-6041
With Winter Weather Approaching, the Washington State Patrol Reminds Drivers
to Prepare Before Hitting the Road
Olympia -- This morning a Good Samaritan was struck and injured while exiting his SUV to check on the driver of a rolled over semi-truck along Eastbound I-90 at mile post 81. This is the second person hit along a state highway in the past three days. Both pedestrians were hit while checking on the occupants of rolled vehicles.
On December 2, 2015, a pedestrian was killed at a one vehicle rollover collision on Interstate 90 at mile post 116. The Good Samaritan stopped to assist the occupants of the rolled vehicle and he was struck and killed by another motorist who lost control of his vehicle. Both collisions occurred during freezing rain conditions.
While this is not a common occurrence, the Washington State Patrol (WSP) ants to share some roadside safety tips and to remind drivers to plan ahead when road and weather conditions are not ideal. In some cases, it takes time for law enforcement and first responders to arrive on scene. Law enforcement and first responders are trained and equipped to provide protection on emergency scenes and know where to park to ensure the safety of all those at the roadway collision.
- If the weather is not ideal, stay off the roadways if you can.
- If you do have to travel, give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination safely.
- Reduce your speed. Speed limits are set for ideal conditions
- Increase your following distance.
- To be seen better, use your headlights
If you witness a collision:
- Call 911 and be prepared to answer questions regarding the details of the collision.
- If you stop to help, pull your vehicle off of the roadway and activate your hazards.
- Do not park where a car could slide into you or your vehicle.
- If you stop to help the injured, do not put yourself in danger. Things can happen quickly and other vehicles may not see you putting you at greater risk. Weather and poor road conditions can compound the problem./li>
- You may further injure someone involved in the collision. If there is no immediate need for the occupants to be removed do not remove them.
If you are involved in a collision:
- Call 911
- Activate your hazard lights and if possible, drive your vehicle as far off of the roadway as possible while remaining on level ground.
- If your vehicle is inoperable, activate your hazards and wait for law enforcement and first responders to arrive. If you are concerned about your safety and think your vehicle might get struck from behind, get out of your vehicle and move away from the road to a safer location. This is only recommended as a last resort.