Local and county emergency, medical and law enforcement personnel were kept busy in recent days, responding to numerous property damage and slide off accidents, as the result of the first measurable snowfall of the year.
County schools were closed Friday and students received additional time away from classes Monday when a two-hour delay due to county road conditions was announced Sunday evening.
Many local businesses were open and motorist were quickly found reacquainting themselves with winter driving. City street department and county highway employees worked extended hours to clear streets and county roadways. A second and third wave of winter weather passed through the area Friday and Sunday, further diminishing driving conditions.
According to the extended forecast, temperatures are expected to be well below normal during the coming days with daytime high temperatures expected only to be in the mid to high 20’s.
When taking to the roadway during inclement weather, motorist are asked to adjust their driving habits. A few suggestions are:
- Allow additional time for arrival.
- Keep extra distance between your vehicle and those in front of you.
- Reduce your driving speed. Posted speed limits are for optimum driving conditions.
- Prior to leaving make sure you have an emergency kit inside the vehicle that includes; a flashlight, additional clothing, gloves, water and non-perishable food and a blanket.
- Be sure to take your cell phone and make sure the phone is fully charged.
- If taking an extended trip, tell family members or others of your plans and estimated time of arrival.
- Properly wear seatbelts and make sure that children are properly restrained in their booster or car seats.
- Most importantly don’t drink and drive. With a number of holiday gatherings, alcohol may be a part of the festivities, if you consume alcohol find a sober driver for the trip home.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.