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Rainy weather keeps troopers busy

Posted at 6:32 PM, Feb 18, 2017

This Saturday, Jeff Wayne from Las Vegas was frustrated by other drivers.

"They just think it's the same, that they can continue to drive [normally]," he said. "They don't realize they don't have the capacity to control the car."

Troopers are also busy responding to dozens of car wrecks, some caused by simple mistakes. Nevada Highway Patrol Officer Jason Buratczuk says that people forget the basics of driving when it's rainy outside.

"You're tailgating, and the roadway is wet. You're going to cause a crash," Buratczuk told a driver during a traffic stop. "You got to increase your following distance. Breaking takes twice as long."

Buratczuk says that matters can only be made worse if you forget to buckle up. Ten people have died on the roadways since Jan. 1, and half of them weren't wearing a seatbelt.

"You got to put your seatbelt on every time, no matter how long or short your drive is," he said. "As a community, we have to be better than this."

NHP says that troopers in the southern command respond to an average of 30 car crashes per day. But with rain, that number jumps to 100 per day.