Transportation and Works
January 20, 2017

Public Advisory: Advice for Motorists during Anticipated Blizzard

The Department of Transportation and Works is monitoring Environment Canada forecasts and special statements indicating a potential for up to 35 centimetres of snow and blizzard conditions for some parts of the province beginning this evening and continuing over the weekend.

Motorists are advised that snow clearing operations in blizzard conditions could be suspended for a period of time and are asked to be mindful of the following to ensure their safety and the safety of others on roads and highways throughout the province:

Stay home. If you don’t have to be on the road during a blizzard, stay home. Travelling during heavy snowfalls can lead to stranded and abandoned vehicles, which can impede snow clearing operations and be a hazard for the general public and snow removal crews. Be mindful of their safety and yours.

Stay up to date. If you do have to travel:

Slow down. Speed limits posted on highways and on municipal roads are for ideal driving conditions. Aggressive and distracted driving is hazardous and can hinder the productivity of snow clearing crews.

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 being rushed and driving too fast for the conditions of the roads.

Maintain visibility. Clear snow and ice from your windshield, windows, headlights and taillights and ensure wipers are in good working condition, so they can effectively clear snow from the windshield.

Residents are asked to do their part to keep our roads and highways safe this winter and remember: snow means slow.

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Media contact:

Brian Scott
Media Relations Manager
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-1758, 725-9201
brianscott@gov.nl.ca

2017 01 20                              2:40 p.m.