With the first measurable snowfall of the season expected this weekend, Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, encourages all motorists to use extra care when travelling.
Forecasters are predicting several inches of snow, which likely will create slippery driving conditions – especially on highway on- and off-ramps, bridges and side roads.
Colonel Assumpico offers the following reminders and safety tips:
• Be sure to clear windows, mirrors, headlights and taillights of frost and snow before driving.
• Keep your headlights on while driving to improve visibility.
• Allow plenty of space between your vehicle and others on the roadways.
• Drive slowly and allow extra time for turning and braking, especially on untreated surfaces.
• Do not use cruise control when driving on wet, icy or snow-covered roads.
Colonel Assumpico also reminds motorists to make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly secured with a seat belt or child safety seat to help protect against serious injuries in the event of a crash. If you are involved in a crash, pull to the side of the road and call 911 when it is safe to do so.
Most important: do not drink and drive. If you are planning to attend a holiday party or go out for the evening, arrange for a designated driver or some other safe way to get home.
In addition, Colonel Assumpico encourages motorists to call 911 to report suspected drunk drivers and others who are operating erratically or in an unsafe manner on the roads. The Rhode Island State Police welcomes the help of everyone when it comes to keeping roadways safe.