State troopers urge drivers to adjust speeds for road conditions

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BELL COUNTY, Texas (KWTX) In the wake of a fatal car crash near Salado Tuesday morning, state troopers are urging drivers to be mindful of road conditions.

Although Central Texas hasn’t been experiencing ice or snow recently, rain, fog and humidity are still conditions that can affect roadways, Department of Public Safety spokesperson Sgt. David Roberts said.

"While there was no precipitation falling, we had high humidity, and there was dew that had settled on everything, including the roadways, making the roadways somewhat damp this morning," Roberts said.

Local driver John Labrado said he noticed slick road conditions Tuesday morning as well.

Merging on the road this morning, I noticed my lights came on as far as spinning the back tires, so I had to be careful merging on 190 this morning,” Labrado said.

Even if it is not raining, Roberts encourages people to slow down and be aware of their surroundings.

"Humidity is going to contribute to dew, which will be settling on surfaces, including roadways,” he said. “It will also contribute to fog, which is another inclement weather condition that is due to high humidity that you need to adjust your speed accordingly."

Advice that some drivers said they are following.

"Whenever there's water on the road or anything like that, there could be some conditions that could cause an accident, I like to slow down, like to make sure I'm keeping an eye on other drivers, a little bit more than normal,” driver Frank Minnie said.