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Driving Around Road Barricades Comes With Consequences

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The major highways and interstates are open now, but the wind is blowing all of our fresh snow around, making driving in the country very tough. I94 from Moorhead to Alexandria, Minnesota, Highway 10 and Minnesota Highway 210 were closed for 17 hours thanks to the blizzard. Some, however, thought they could go around the road closures.

Rick Harris of Fargo says, "Very stressful, especially at night."

When the roads are full of white.

Truck driver, James Briggs, says, "Very slippery. A lot of cars in the ditches a lot of semis in the ditches."

Harris says, "Very slippery and just snow."

And you see orange.

Briggs says, "I make it this far and that's it."

To James Briggs, that means he's out of work.

"I'm not making any money. The tires don't turn, I don't make any money," says Briggs.

Trucks were backed up on I94 today, waiting for the road to open. Truck stops were filled up, so the open road turned in to an open hotel room.

"Sleep right here," says Briggs.

But earlier in the day, the cones and bar didn't stop some. Sgt. Jesse Grabow with the Minnesota State Highway Patrol tweeted that he gave a couple of semi drivers a talk after driving on a closed road.

It seems pretty harmless, especially when roads in town are drivable, but going around these barricades can come with a big consequence.

First off, you can be hit with a max of a $1000 fine and 90 days in jail. It can also cost you your safety.

Briggs says, "It's not been a good day so far."

But finally, late in the afternoon, I94 from Moorhead to Alexandria opened. Letting all these guys finally get on their way.

Briggs says, "This is the fifth week in a row that I've gone to Canada, and it snows and you close the road. I don't know if its me or... haha.


    Before I94 was closed, the Minnesota Highway Patrol says there were 18 crashes and 60 cars in the ditch. And compared to our last storm, when there were many more crashes, that goes to show how much of an impact closing roads has on our safety.

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