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Hastings Police stress importance of staying safe in colder months

Published: Oct. 14, 2021 at 7:37 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - As the weather outside turns frosty, staying warm and safe from the frigid temperatures becomes more important.

Hastings Police Captain Mike Doremus, said, during the colder months, people tend to start their cars to warm up before driving them and head back inside. He added, this could be a dangerous game.

“The number one thing we see is people warming up their cars and leaving them unattended in their driveways or the gas station when they want to run in real quick,” Doremus said. “It’s an important time for people to think about how they’re leaving themselves open to type crimes, like when people jump into their car and taking off with their cars and possession so.”

In addition, to keep watch over vehicles, Doremus said it was important to be careful while driving in snowy or icy conditions.

“So far this year, we’ve actually been fortunate to not have to experience Fall too much yet,” he said. “We haven’t had any snow yet, but that snow is coming. Once we start experiencing snow on the roadways, it’s good to start learning how to slow down, add to your expected time for your travel and just kind of looking out for other drivers to stay safe.”

Additionally, he reminded parents that, with Halloween right around the corner, it was necessary to make sure that kids are visible to motorists.

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