ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– It’s a matter of physics and neurobiology. Physics in that it takes you longer to stop and you have less control on slick roads. Neurobiology in that alcohol slows your reaction time and impairs your judgment.
Which is why every available officer in every local jurisdiction will be on duty this New Year’s Eve. They realize that the combination of slick roads with icy patches and too many adult beverages can be deadly. Police are urging people to stay home if they think the roads are problematic. If they do go out, police say they should make sure they’re wearing their seat belts and should avoid alcohol as much as possible. Police will also be watching for people who insist on firing guns in the air to celebrate. One other factor bothers police besides the weather and New Year’s Eve.
After several years of decline, traffic deaths have gone up in both Illinois and Missouri this year. They’re hoping that trend stops on this last day of the year.