State Police prepare for storm, offer travel tips

FI-icy_roads_275pWith the first substantial snowstorm of the season looming, the Connecticut State Police has put into place a storm plan to ensure safety on all roadways across the state.  In preparation for this storm, 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 Department of Transportation trucks from treating and plowing the highways. Accordingly, 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, police recommend ensuring that vehicles are “storm ready” with proper tires, adequate gas and proper wipers. If you must travel during the storm, provide the 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.

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 their vehicles in case of emergency.

During a snow event, reducing speed and expanding distances between cars is an absolute necessity for safe driving, police said. If you become stranded in your vehicle in winter weather, stay with your vehicle and do not try to walk to safety. Call 911 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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