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Published March 23, 2012, 09:28 PM

Heavy Fog Makes Visibility Low Across the Region

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Heavy fog hung over the Lake Region on Friday morning, creating very low visibility for some drivers. Even with low visibility, law enforcement officials say there were no reported accidents in Ramsey County.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Heavy fog hung over the Lake Region on Friday morning, creating very low visibility for some drivers.

Even with low visibility, law enforcement officials say there were no reported accidents in Ramsey County.

Ramsey County Sheriff Steve Nelson says North Dakota drivers are used to poor road conditions like Friday's. He says they know how to drive safely.

"With fog of course, I mean people have to be aware of other drivers much more so than any other time because of the reduced visibility," Nelson said.

One silver lining is that drivers don't have to look for road crews on foggy days.

"Today we were scheduled to go out crack-sealing, and I just held the crews in until this fog lifts, otherwise it's just gonna be really dangerous," Nelson said.

Ramsey County Highway Superintendent Kevin Fieldsend says missing a day of work here and there due to fog doesn't slow down road maintenance enough to warrant the risk of going out there.

"It's a lot more dangerous when visibility is poor of course, and of course we don't want to run the risk of anybody getting hurt either so we just avoid it," Fieldsend said.

But even with one less worry on the road, Sheriff Nelson says drivers should follow these precautions when visibility is low.

"People should slow down, trn their lights on, reduce their speeds a little bit because the visibility is down, and you just gotta be a little more aware as you're driving," Nelson said.

The spring is the foggiest time of the year in the Lake Region, with much of the haze coming off of Devils Lake.

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