Snowy Roads On New Year's Eve

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-We may not have had a white Christmas, but we have a white New Year's Eve.

"It's not bad as long as you're used to it. Most people panic. That's the key is to not panic," said Zachary Frisbie, a customer at Kelly's Express.

"You just drive. You just take it easy. Try to keep an eye out if you see any glaze on the road. You got to know that that's a problem. You just adjust," said Virgil Gooselaw, another customer at Kelly's Express.

City and state road crews were busy all night so those drivers could get to their destinations safely. City crews mapped out a plan. They sent 12 trucks out at 7 p.m. on New Year's Eve with crews working around the clock. They call New Year's Eve "Magic Night."

"It's New Year's Eve! A lot of people are out partying and after midnight they're going to come out on the roads and we are going to have to deal with that," said Terry Tillman, Production Manager at the City Street Department.

AAA Roadside Assistance crews also geared up for a busy night. They say they get calls for a variety of reasons.

"We're going to be doing everything from pulling cars out of ditches
to tire changes, lock-outs, battery calls, fuel deliveries, just whatever they need for us to do get them home," said Ryan Willie, AAA Roadside Assistance worker.

AAA Roadside Assistance helped 215 people across the state on New Year's Eve, 50 of those were in the Topeka area. AAA says nearly a third of those calls were to pull drivers out of a ditch. Thirty percent of calls were for towing, 20 percent of calls were for cars that wouldn't start and 15 percent of calls were for keys locked inside a car.


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