Ice and snow…take it slow!
District 9 Crews Preparing For Weekend Winter Weather
Chillicothe (Friday, December 18, 2009) – With an intensifying storm moving into Ohio tonight, forecasters are calling for a wintry mix that will likely bring cold, wet weather this weekend, and Ohio Department of Transportation - District 9 crews are gearing up for the area’s first snow and ice event of the season.
“Our crews will be ready to hit the highways as the conditions warrant, but during winter weather storms, these conditions change quickly and with little or no warning, so it is imperative that motorists be well-prepared when they travel,” said ODOT District 9 Deputy Director James Brushart.
Conditions can change from mile to mile and minute by minute, so being a careful and informed driver is the best way for motorists to travel safely. Drivers can “know before they go” by logging on to www.BuckeyeTraffic.org, which provides up-to-the-minute highway information on road and weather conditions, road closures, highway patrol accident updates, and traffic congestion alerts – all available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
This winter, motorists in Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton and Toledo can also follow ODOT on Twitter. Designed to give motorists updated information before they leave their home or office, these “tweets” - short, bite-sized updates sent via Twitter.com - will let drivers know when icy or snowy conditions impact travel on interstates and major highways or when a winter-related accident causes major traffic delays.
As always, motorists are advised to exercise extreme caution at all times. Those who are traveling during any winter storm event should reduce their speed, allow additional time to arrive at their destinations and maintain a safe following distance when traveling behind other vehicles. ODOT also urges motorists to stay clear of snowplows and graders, and the department offers the following tips:
- Distance – Motorists should never tailgate and avoid passing. If you must pass, take extreme caution and beware of the snow cloud.
- Speed – Snowplows and graders travel well below the posted speed limit, so motorists need to be patient.
- Vision – A snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted, so while you may see them, they don’t always see you. Motorists must keep their distance and watch for sudden stops.
Other driver safety tips can be found online at www.dot.state.oh.us by clicking on the “Ice and Snow” logo, and learn more about ODOT's KNO B4 U GO Twitter program at www.BuckeyeTraffic.org/Twitter.
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer, 1-888-819-8501, ext. 774-8834 (toll free in Ohio) or 1-740-774-8834 (direct line & outside Ohio)