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In an accident? BPD encourages you to clear the roadway for safety

Icy, slick roads, as we know makes it harder to stop on roadways. Monday night’s snow fall made for an icy morning commute. Boise Police responded to 19 crashes. (CBS2 Staff Photo)

Icy, slick roads, as we know makes it harder to stop on roadways. Monday night’s snow fall made for an icy morning commute. Boise Police responded to 19 crashes.

"A lot of people that we run into out here feel like they got to leave their vehicles in the road so that we can actually see that," says Corporal Eric Simunich, Boise Police Department.

But Corporal Simunich says that's a common misconception. Their biggest priority is the safety of people involved and drivers surrounding the crash.

"If the occupants are able and not injured and are able to move their vehicles to get them off the road for safety because the last thing we want to happen to anybody is for someone to get run over or another crash occur which therefore could cause further injury to others involved as well," Corporal Simunich said.

If it is too slick and the vehicles can't move, get off the roadway. Walk over to a sidewalk to get some place of safety.

"What we don't want is to have someone standing in the middle of the intersection trying to direct traffic and potentially get hurt more than they maybe already are for what it is worth," Corporal Simunich said.

Corporal Simunich says by Idaho state law, if the damage amount in a crash is more than $1,500, it's reportable.

"Anytime there is any doubt of how much damage has occurred or if it's question of whether you need to call the police. We would encourage you to call us so we could come out and take a look at that," Corporal Simunich said.

Clearing the roadway applies to any crash, no matter the weather. With more weather coming in the next week, police encourage you to keep your distance and drive slow.

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