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  Traffic Campaign Addresses Winter Driving

Feb 29, 2016 10:35 ET

With heavy snow fall expected over the next few days, DRPS traffic officers will be out across the region looking for the following driving infractions:

  • Driving too fast for conditions - drivers should reduce speeds during inclement weather conditions.

  • Following to close - with inclement weather, stopping distances are increased, so more distance required.

  • Unsafe lane changes - aggressively changing lanes with snow covered roads increases the possibility of losing control of the motor vehicle.

  • Properly clearing snow from their vehicle prior to driving - clearing all windows of snow ensures visibility is not an issue for drivers.

  • Officers will also be looking for incidents of impaired or distracted driving and seatbelt infractions.

    The winter months can be the most dangerous time to drive a vehicle. With snow, ice and slush on the roads, it's important to be extra cautious and to be prepared for emergencies.

    Also during the winter, snow can impede a driver's line of vision, so motorists should use extra caution during this time to check for pedestrians and vehicles.

    Here are a few tips to keep you safe on the roads:

    ▪ Give yourself extra time to reach your destination to avoid speeding and stress. Stay alert, slow down and stay in control when driving.
    ▪ Drive according to current road and weather conditions.
    ▪ Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
    ▪ Avoid situations where you may have to brake suddenly.
    ▪ Invest in a roadside safety kit and keep it in your trunk.
    ▪ Always wear a seatbelt, regardless of the time of year
    ▪ Check local weather and road conditions before leaving for your destination
    ▪ Bring a cellphone and emergency kit with you in case of a break-down
    ▪ Stick to the speed limit, or go slower depending on conditions of the road
    ▪ Regularly check blind spots
    ▪ Be aware of snow plows, salt trucks and emergency vehicles on the roads

    For additional information, please take a look at our Winter Driving Video.

    Below are attached files.
    Winter Driving (JPG file, 110.0K bytes)