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SACRAMENTO–

The coming storm means slicker roads, with area law enforcement agencies announcing stepped up patrols to help keep drivers safe.

Authorities will be targeting distracted drivers, noting that distracted driving coupled with the slicker roadways could make for some lethal results.

The first wave of patrols will be announced Nov. 28 and will start shortly after.

Distracted driving accounted for about 416,000 crashes in 2010 – with 3,092 people killed in those crashes, according to Distraction.gov.

As a rule of thumb, stopping distance doubles on slick roads compared to dry ones. Interestingly, however, August is considered the most dangerous month to drive, according to National Highway Safety Administration statistics.