State Police Offer Tips for Driving in Snow

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RICHMOND (WRIC)—Virginia State Police
have responded to a total of 336 calls for service in the Richmond Division
between 3 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. Wednesday, during the region's most recent
winter storm.

Of these calls, state troopers have
responded to 117 motor vehicle accidents and 93 disabled vehicles, most of
which occurred in the Richmond Metro-Tri-Cities area. Statewide, troopers have
responded to 474 vehicle crashes between noon Tuesday and 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

VSP offers the following tips for
driving in inclement weather:

State law requires headlights to be
on when windshield wipers are in active use.

Completely clear all windows and
head/taillights of snow/ice before traveling.

Add extra time to reach travel
destination.

Slow your speed for road conditions.

Increase driving distances between
vehicles for increased stopping distance.

Do not tailgate snow plows or sand
trucks.

Always buckle up and ensure your
passengers are bucked up as well.

Do not drive distracted.

If your vehicle begins to
hydroplane, steer your vehicle in the direction you want your vehicle to go.

Brake and accelerate lightly.

Plan ahead before you travel by
calling 511 for road conditions or visit www.511virginia.org.
DO NOT call 911 or #77, which are for emergency calls only.

Have a charged cell phone and extra
blankets, water, snacks in case your vehicle becomes disabled.

Know your location to give to an
emergency dispatcher to include the direction of travel, in case you need
emergency response. Use exit numbers or mile markers when on the interstate as points
of reference (for example, Intersate 95 northbound at the 80 mile marker).

Motorists are also reminded to
comply with Virginia's “Move Over” law, which requires drivers to change to
another travel lane or, when not able to, to cautiously pass emergency
personnel stopped on the side of the road. State law includes highway
maintenance vehicles and tow trucks equipped with flashing amber lights.

 

Copyright 2014 by Young
Broadcasting of Richmond

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