despp: State Police Urge Caution Driving in Snowstorms
2013

{Connecticut State Police Patch}  
STATE OF CONNECTICUT
Department of Emergency Services &
Public Protection
Connecticut State Police
Public Information Office
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
 
Contact: 
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Reuben Bradford
Commissioner
Colonel Danny R. Stebbins
Deputy Commissioner
Division of State Police
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 13, 2013

 

STATE POLICE PREPARE FOR FIRST MAJOR WINTER STORM, URGE CAUTION ON ROADS

   The first significant snow event of the 2013-14 winter is in the forecast for Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.  In preparation for this storm, the Connecticut State Police has put into place a storm plan to ensure safety on all highways and roads across the state.  Specialty emergency State Police vehicles will be deployed and available across Connecticut in the event they are required for any emergency.  Sufficient Troopers will be in place on patrol on roads and highways, with any additional required Troopers on call for immediate response. 

   The Connecticut State Police is reminding motorists that a heavy snow storm means that many highways can become extremely slippery and treacherous. Vehicles, trucks and passenger cars may become disabled and unable to move, blocking lanes of the road and preventing DOT trucks from treating and plowing the highways. 

   As the storm intensifies, State Police recommend that motorists stay off the roads during the storm to prevent major traffic issues.
   If it is necessary to go out during this anticipated storm, the Connecticut State Police recommend that you ensure that your vehicle is “storm ready” with proper tires, adequate gas and proper wipers. 
If you must travel during the storm, provide your route of travel details to a family member or friend. Motorists are encouraged to check media reports prior to traveling to gather the latest updates on road conditions and possible closures.
   Utilize the headlight on your vehicle during any storm – it’s the law!
   Motorists should have a fully-charged cell phone, bottles of water, nourishment bars or other non-perishable food, extra clothes, a shovel, flares and blankets in case of emergency.  
   During a snow event, reducing speed and expanding distances between cars is an absolute necessity for safe driving.  If you become stranded in your vehicle in winter weather, stay with your vehicle and do not try to walk to safety.  Call 911 from your cell phone for help. Run the motor for about 10 minutes each hour for heat. Open a window slightly for fresh air and make sure the exhaust pipe is not blocked.

 

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Lt. J. Paul Vance





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