Jan 29, 2014 6:40 PM by Kari Beal
Authorities across Acadiana continue to ask drivers to stay off the roads, and here's why. State Police tell us they've had at least 120 calls in Troop I since midnight because of the weather. They cover eight parishes in the region. Lafayette deputies say they've investigated at least 44 crashes today, more than 30 of those just this morning.
"On a normal work day, we will see six to nine crashes," Captain Kip Judice said of the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office.
Law enforcement was busy all day responding to incidents. Judice said rural areas are usually the worst.
"You turn onto a less traveled road, and you experience a lot more ice than you had during the rest of your trip," Judice said.
Just to give an idea of how bad some of these roads were, at 11 a.m. this morning the Ambassador Caffery overpass bridge that leads to I-10 was covered with inch-thick of ice. Judice explained that even though temperatures reached above freezing today, and this bridge opened up, roads like these are still very dangerous.
"Once we hit freezing weather come again tonight, all this condensation becomes ice again. People will assume that they're fine hitting those patches of ice, and then we end up with the number of crashes that we saw earlier this morning," Judice said.
For those who can't avoid hitting the roads tonight, Judice said to reduce driving speed and be cautious of surroundings.