Transportation and Works
February 8, 2016

Public Advisory: Residents Asked to Practise Winter Safety

Winter weather conditions pose unique challenges and risks for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The Department of Transportation and Works asks that residents keep the following winter driving and snow clearing advice top of mind this season, and do their part to practise safety on roads and highways throughout the province.

  • Slow down. Speed limits posted on the highways and on municipal roads are for ideal driving conditions, which are considered to be sunny summer days. Also, aggressive and distracted driving can hinder the productivity of road maintenance operations and can create dangerous driving conditions.
  • Know road conditions. Before you head out on the road, check the weather forecast so you know what to expect. Visit www.roads.gov.nl.ca for road condition reports and live highway cameras. If road conditions are dangerous, consider making alternate travel arrangements or postponing your trip until conditions improve.
  • Leave room and look ahead. Slippery roads can inhibit your ability to react and stop. If you leave a greater distance between your car and the one in front of you, then you can adjust more easily should someone suddenly stop or lose control ahead of you.
  • Allow extra time. It may take you longer to get to your destination, so you should allow extra time to avoid feeling rushed and driving too fast for the conditions of the roads.
  • Maintain visibility. Clear snow and ice from your windshield, windows and from the head and taillights. Ensure wipers are in good working condition, so that they can effectively clear snow from the windshield.
  • Clear snow safely. Do not push or throw snow into a road as it creates unsafe conditions for plow operators and motorists. Individuals who do not comply could be fined by local police between $100 and $1,000.

Residents should do their part to keep our roads and highways safe this winter and be mindful of maintenance crews that clear away snow and ice. Remember, snow means slow.

In addition to the department’s website, driving conditions can be obtained by calling the Department of Transportation and Works regional dispatch offices at the following telephone numbers:

  • Avalon Region: 709-729-7669
  • Eastern Region: 709-466-4160
  • Central Region: 709-292-4444
  • Western Region: 709-635-4144
  • Labrador Region: 709-896-7888
  • Terra Nova National Park (c/o Parks Canada): 709-533-2801

Additionally, travellers can follow the Department of Transportation and Works on social media at www.twitter.com/TW_GovNL or @TW_GovNL for transportation updates, advice and important notices.

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Media contact:

Jacquelyn Howard
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 689-2624
jacquelynhoward@gov.nl.ca

2016 02 08                              2:50 p.m.