BY JUSTIN MINYARD
West Point and Clay County received the lighter end of a stout winter snowstorm, which left its mark in northern parts of Mississippi with wrecks and frozen roads. However, according to local law enforcement agencies, the good news for the local area lies with the fairly incident-free day Tuesday’s snowy weather brought with it.
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said his department kept a close eye on local commerce Tuesday morning due to the light snow and possibly icy roads, but was pleased at the outcome.
“Overall we didn’t have any major accidents because (of the snow),” Scott said. “We were fortunate.”
Scott said the volume of traffic will generally subside with such weather conditions, but there’s a certain inevitability with that as work, school and other extraordinary circumstances come into focus.
“The snow is not too bad until it starts melting and it creates ice spots,” Scott said. “The ice is the major concern. Not only does it impair our normal, everyday traffic, but it also impairs us. We have to get out and fight the weather.”
Scott said coordination amongst emergency response and law enforcement agencies is one of the stronger tools utilized in the prevention of motor accidents and crime.
But the cold weather doesn’t just keep law-abiding citizens cozied up inside their warm homes.
“The crooks must want to stay warm, too,” Scott said. “We generally don’t have a spike (in crime) when weather like that happens.”
The latter sentiment rang true for West Point, too, according to West Point Police Department Assistant Chief Stanley McGee.
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