With the nasty Christmas weather week now over, at least until the next blast Tuesday evening, the Kansas Highway Patrol is still reminding drivers to practice safety on the roadways as the holiday season draws to an end, especially with New Year celebrations at the end of the week.
We obviously know a winter storm, like the one that paralyzed most of the Midwest this past week, can create substantial problems. How about the 14-inches of snow that dropped in some parts of Oklahoma or the 40-car pile up near Oklahoma City?
A little closer to home he weather was blamed for a weekend fatality in Ness County west of Great Bend that took the life of 18-year old Joshua Dean Stieben of Bazine. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported the young man was killed when he lost control of his pickup truck on an ice-and-snow packed road 9-miles north of Ness City. His body was found Sunday morning but a time of death could not be definitely established.
Still to come, New Year’s and the parties that accompany it. The KHP reminds us to practice safety because more people will be traveling and impaired drivers could be encountered. There were 2-alcohol related deaths the change over to 2009 from 2008.