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"They have SUVs and they think they're invincible," said Richardson.
"People often want you there as soon as possible, but you have drive as safe as you can." he said. "Then once you're out there, often times you're standing on the side of the road and these vehicles coming down on you and they can't stop and they see you at the last minute. So a lot of times it's very nerve wracking."
Trucker Nazareno Tornese parked his truck there Sunday night, citing icy roads as the biggest problem. He said he noticed several vehicles in the ditch as soon as he got to the city.
"Either people had to get home, or they were already on the highways when it started snowing."
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ditch, either rolling in or getting stuck," said RCMP Constable Todd Caufmann. "From both small vehicles all the way up to semis."
then you're stuck on the road," said Tornese.
At the end of the day, Caufmann says unless it's life or death, you really shouldn't be out there at all. Not only for your own safety, but for everyones safety.
The weather has forced dozens of truckers to pull into the Husky Gas Station on the east side of Regina. Most are waiting for conditions to improve before completing their trip.
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Even though he's an experience and well trained driver, Caufmann admits it's very nerve wracking to respond to call in these kinds of conditions.
"When I came there were three cars right here at the first set of lights and two trucks, one on each side."
"It's like we often say, it's not that you have to worry about how you drive, it's how everyone else drives," said Caufmann, adding it also puts emergency responders at risk too. "We have to respond, tow trucks have to respond, fire trucks have to respond, ambulances."
Between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning, RCMP across Saskatchewan responded to 155 crashes, most of which were weather related from people hitting the ditch or stranded on the highway.
James Richardson was also waiting it out at the Husky. He said he relies more on truck drivers rather than the province's Highway Hotline to tell him what conditions are like elsewhere. It doesn't matter if you drive a large truck or a small car, he said drivers of any sized vehicle shouldn't be out if it's unsafe.
If you see any conditions others should know about call us at 546 6397, or text 306 306 when it's safe to do so.
The actual snow storm has died down, but the highways are still a mess. As of early Monday morning several highways are closed in the central part of the province. Sunday night after a semi jack knifed near Girvin. Stranded drivers were forced to wait it out in Davidson.
Tornese said it's simply not worth it when the highway isn't ideal to drive on.
But when it is finally safe to drive again, another problem is created with all trucks seemingly leaving at once.
"If you hit somebody then your record is going to be very bad. No one is going to give you a job," he said.
Tornese is hauling hazardous material and doesn't want to take any chances. That's why he said he'll leave several Saucony Boston Kinvara 7 hours after the others have already taken off just to be safe.
Caufmann was actually out on the highways earlier in the day on Monday, and he's heard a few common excuses for being on the roads.
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