As Rhode Island braces for another winter storm, Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, urges motorists to use extreme caution on the roadways.
"The combination of heavy snow and strong winds likely will result in dangerous driving conditions throughout the state," Colonel Assumpico said. "We encourage people to stay off the roads, if possible. If you must drive, allow extra time for your travels and drive as safely as possible."
Colonel Assumpico also reminded motorists to use extreme caution around plows and sanding crews. She noted that heavy snowfall may make it difficult for crews to keep roadways clear, so motorists need to slow down and pay attention to road conditions that can rapidly deteriorate during the storm.
Here are some other driving safety tips and reminders:
• Remove all snow from your vehicle before driving. Failure to do so creates a hazard for you and others. It's also a violation of state law, carrying an $85 fine.
• Wear your seatbelt. It's your best protection, in the event of a crash.
• Turn on your headlights. (State law requires that if your windshield wipers are on, your headlights must be on, too.)
• Slow down and allow extra distance between your vehicle and others. Even four-wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles lose traction on snow- and ice-covered roads.
• If your vehicle goes off the road or is involved in a crash, call 911 and stay with your vehicle – if it is safe to do so – until help arrives.
Colonel Assumpico also reminded motorists to slow down for police, firefighters, rescue trucks and other emergency crews. Everyone needs to work together to keep our roadways safe during this and any storm.