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AAA: Snowy Denver Driving Issues Were Your Fault, Dumbass

These two cars were part of a head-on collision on Interstate 70 near Ward Road during yesterday's snowstorm.
These two cars were part of a head-on collision on Interstate 70 near Ward Road during yesterday's snowstorm. CBS4 via YouTube
The snowstorm that roared through metro Denver yesterday, October 10, was an odd beast. The weather system delivered next to nothing for the early-morning rush hour and was largely gone by the time most people headed home, but it proved absolutely fearsome during the five or six hours in between, leading to temporary road closures and scads of accidents.

And do you know who was most likely responsible for the latter, as well as any other problems related to the white-stuff dump and severe temperature plunge, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety? You.

Within minutes of the storm's first wave ebbing during the mid-afternoon, the local AAA office sent out a blast of its own. "Winter Driving: Here's What Went Wrong This AM" — issued under the auspices of AAA spokesperson Skyler McKinley, who served as deputy director of Colorado's Office of Marijuana for the administration of former governor John Hickenlooper — cites National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data estimating that "nearly 95 percent of all crashes are the result of driver error" before offering up a list of sample comments from folks who had problems during the storm, followed by responses intended to deliver the cold, hard truth.

In each and every case, the blame for what happened is placed squarely on the person doing the bitching.


Such conclusions may seem harsh to those whose ride wound up crumpled and immobile on the side of the road. But the advice is definitely worth keeping in mind the next time conditions turn ugly, as they're absolutely guaranteed to do multiple times over the course of the next few months.

Continue for AAA's tough love, reproduced verbatim.
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