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State Troopers Handling Winter Storm

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No travel is advised in much of the central part of the state.

Drivers have been slipping and sliding on roads in town--and on interstate.

North Dakota State Troopers are forced to drive--and help those who have gone into the ditch.

Jon Schaeffer rides along as two troopers respond to calls around the Bismarck area.

Travel is not advised on roads around the region-- yet some people are trying their best to drive through it--keeping state patrol busy with calls.

Sergeant Pat Hudson says, "Days like today we're very reactive we're responding to a lot of calls for service abandoned vehicles or motorist assist and of course crashes so days like today can get very busy."

In the span of the three hour ride along with Sgt.. Hudson and Patrolman Jeremiah Bohn-- they responded to three calls of people in the ditch.

The people that do go out and drive not only risk their own lives-- but also these state trooper's lives as well.

Pat Hudson says "Nobody likes driving in this weather its stressful at best."

Jeremiah Bohn says "It's not very comfortable driving. Most traffic is down to 20 miles an hour in most parts. Visibility is at zero at times the snow plows haven't hit all the areas."

Both want people to stay off the road when the weather is this bad--but for Bohn he's still hard at work on days like today.

"It's a little bit more stressful than driving on a nice sunny day. It's just another day in North Dakota."

while state patrol officers would prefer you not traveling--they'll be there when you call.

Sergeant Hudson says between Dickinson and Bismarck there were 35 service calls made for help related to the weather.

That includes running off the road, running out of gas, and accidents.

Bohn says that their response time is slower due to the road conditions.

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