Police urging drivers to use caution during winter storm

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The roadways in many areas of Rhode Island weren’t yet covered in snow Saturday night, but they could still be very slick.  That’s exactly why Rhode Island State Police are urging drivers to use caution.

“I think with the first couple snow storms of the season there’s a learning curve, people have to adjust their driving habits with the poor weather conditions,” Rhode Island State Police Sergeant Jason Lawton said.

State Police expect more crashes this weekend once the storm hits, and they’ll have more troopers out from each barracks patrolling statewide.

“They’ll be out during the storm from tonight through monday morning and we’ll be assisting DOT,” Sgt. Lawton said.

The department of transportation has been getting ready for a few days. The salt is well stocked and plows are ready to hit the roads. Police are reminding people that if they have to be out, that they need give the plows plenty of room.

“If they have to be out traveling they should expect potentially hazardous road conditions especially ice,” Sgt. Lawton said.

Looking ahead to Sunday, another concern is people possibly driving to watch the AFC Championship game somewhere.

“So we’re looking to ask them that they exercise due care and caution if they’re gonna be out driving tomorrow and allow themselves additional time to get where they need to be,” Sgt. Lawton said.

Rhode Island State Police offered the following safety reminders for driving in winter conditions:

  • Clear windows, mirrors, headlights and taillights of frost, ice and snow
  • Turn on headlights, even during the day, to improve visibility
  • Add space between your vehicle and others on the roads
  • Allow extra time to get to your destination and adjust speed based on travel conditions
  • Do not drink and drive – consumption of even a small amount of alcohol can impact your ability to react and respond to hazardous travel conditions

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