We checked in with Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo on Tuesday morning for a winter weather update:
Acevedo advised commuters to stay off the roads if at all possible. He described the conditions as “treacherous” with 155 crashes already this morning and APD suspects there will be many more injuries reported than on Friday. He said they’ve been responding to about 40 crashes an hour with a lot of rear-ending and a lot of spinning out.If you absolutely can’t stay off the roads, make sure to slow down. The latest closure is at Northbound I-35 around Martin Luther King Boulevard.
At the moment, the city of Austin is focusing on emergency response and emergency management – they were able to set up operations at 10 p.m. last night. Acevedo said at the moment APD is spread out, but it’s “all hands on deck” so they’re staffed for any situation with many patrol cars out right now being used to block ramps and bridges.
Acevedo urged anyone who finds themselves in a “fender bender” to stay in their vehicles. Now is not the time to get out and survey the damage because there is a big risk of causing a second collision.
Lastly, Acevedo added he didn’t change their tactical operations much from the inclement weather Austin experienced on Friday.
“We anticipated the worse case scenario. It was a challenge because the weather predictions did not call for conditions we’ve experienced so there are a lot of buses and folks are out here, but weather is unpredictable.”