Winter driving around Golden takes its toll

Winter driving takes annual toll on vehicle accidents in Golden area and surrounding mountain roads

As many people are aware, winter driving conditions are in effect.

And, as a result, the number of highway incidents has increased according to the changing weather conditions.

The Golden Fire Department has been busy responding to calls along the highways close to Golden, and in residential areas as well, Fire Chief Dave Balding said.

“We’ve been out to a number of crashes over the holidays and since then,” he said. “When going to crashes, sometimes it will be snowing like heck, other times there will be no calls. It doesn’t necessarily seem dependant on the weather conditions.”

The department has had to conduct a handful of vehicle extractions, but there haven’t been many major incidents.

“Luckily, we haven’t had any significant crashes lately,” he said. “We have conducted a number of extractions and they have been successful with happy outcomes.”

Many of the accidents that occur take place on the highway, but one extraction Balding recalls, happened close to someone’s home on Upper Donald Rd.

It is important to ensure vehicles are properly equipped for winter, he said. Having snow tires appropriate for the conditions and in good shape is important, he added.

“Just slow down, keep your distance, and pay attention to conditions,” he warned.

Many of the accidents lately have been from vehicles going off the road, and a few have been collisions.

“It’s just mountain driving, that’s all it is,” Balding said. “Sometimes it is contributable to conditions, other times it could be driver error.”

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