Dangers remain as drivers return to roads

8:48 PM, Feb 14, 2014   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- While warmer temperatures have melted most of the snow and ice on Atlanta's roads, the worry over our cars isn't over yet.

There were several weather-related accidents across the metro area as people got back on the roads.

A serious accident in Bartow County caused Interstate 75 to shut down for some time on Friday. Four people were injured in that wreck, which involved five vehicles.

In this week's storm, Georgia State Patrol said there were 587 accidents with 121 injuries.

In the "SnowJam" of two weeks ago, there were 1521 accidents and 184 injuries, according to GSP. Officials attribute the lower number of accident to far less people on the roads.

Gov. Nathan Deal warned drivers to continue to be aware of potential hazards that remain on streets, including patches of ice.

The first place many drivers headed for Friday: car washes.

One car wash in Buckhead said they expected to wash 1,000 cars on Friday - up from 300 on a normal day.

Car wash operators reminded customers that they need a full underbody wash to get rid of the salt used to treat the roads.

Body shops have also seen an uptick in business. One shop in Buckhead was backlogged with vehicles on Friday. Some of those cars had been damaged in SnowJam two weeks ago.

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