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Defensive Driving For Winter Conditions

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Bad winter roads are prompting more drivers to be extra cautious behind the wheel. The North Dakota Safety Council and the Cass County Sheriff's office are trying to reduce car accidents and deaths through a defensive driving course.

Captain Mike Argall of the Cass County Sheriff's office is expanding his duty, teaching drivers to be safe through a monthly defensive driving course.

"Well right now with the visibility and the icy roads and the compacted snow, it's pretty miserable conditions actually."

The four-hour, fast-paced course reinforces the rules of the road and teaches lifesaving and even money saving techniques before hitting the streets.

"If you are driving the car and your anti-lock brakes keep rumbling and you hear that "brrrr burr" that means you're coming up too fast."

Last year, the state saw a record breaking number in traffic deaths.

"We were around 105 and we bounced up to 170," says Captain Argall.

He says this one rule makes all the difference in prevention.

"If you're going to be out in this you definitely have to wear your seat belt. We want you wearing your seat belt all the time. That's what's going to keep you in the car."

It's a mission he takes on so drivers get home safely.

"I think drivers need to realize how dangerous driving actually is. It's the most dangerous thing we'll ever have to do in our lives and I think we take it for granted that we're going to get home every day and I think in an instant realize that everything can change."

Drivers who attend the course can receive insurance discounts. The courses are held once a month and the North Dakota Safety Council will introduce a new class specific to wintry conditions in January. We have a link to the training calendar at valley news live.com and click on the hot button.

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