Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Feb. 14, 2008
ICY CONDITIONS CREATING HAVOC IN SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA
Drivers should use caution this morning
Early morning temperatures are hovering below the freezing mark and road and bridge surfaces are dangerous in some areas. Numerous accidents have been reported on Routes 501and 58 in the southern portion of Halifax County; in addition, crews in Pittsylvania County have been dealing with accidents and icing on Routes 29, 58 and 86. Reports of icy road surfaces and black ice closed schools in these areas.
Motorists can do a great deal to help themselves remain safe should travel become necessary during inclement weather. Follow these simple steps:
- Know the weather conditions before heading out.
- Dial 511 or go to www.511Virginia.org for additional information.
- Be familiar with the operations of personal vehicles.
- Do you have anti-lock brakes? If so, brake and hold them when stopping; if not, pump them.
- Slow down.
- Increase distance between vehicles.
- Make smooth, precise movements with the steering wheel.
- Anticipate lane changes, curves, and turns well in advance.
For more information about Virginia’s efforts to prepare for winter weather and other emergencies, visit www.ReadyVirginia.gov. Ready Virginia was created by state agencies to serve as a one-stop resource of emergency preparedness tips and information for Virginia citizens.
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