More than 400 vehicles crashed during light snowfall on Saturday

A crash course in winter driving.
A crash course in winter driving.

There were 442 car crashes throughout the state during that light snowfall on Saturday, according to numbers put out by the Minnesota State Patrol.

Apparently, everyone who was driving saw the flakes falling, covered their eyes to pretend it wasn't happening, and ended up in a ditch. Or else we all just really needed a -- ehrm -- crash course in winter driving.

"These two- or three-inch snowfalls cause significant problems because they're not enough to stop people from traveling," explains Lt. Eric Roeske.

The bulk of the accidents took place in the metro area: 226 crashes total, with 28 injuries. Of those, 126 sent a car spinning off the road. Statewide, 48 people were injured and 282 of those accidents involved a car spin-out or off the road.

Roeske says the relative wimpiness of the snowfall is what really undoes drivers.

"When it's an inch or two, they think, 'Oh, it's just an inch or two,'" he says. "People don't seem to recognize they need to slow down."

Instead of leaving early, driving slower, and being generally more vigilant, drivers are more apt to drive as recklessly as ever. That's a one-way ticket to spin-out city.

So, slow your roll, Minnesota. We've got a whole season of this ahead of us.

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