Winter Weather Travel

January 19, 2008

STATE TROOPERS CAUTION DRIVERS TO MONITOR WEATHER CONDITIONS 

(ATLANTA)--The Georgia State Patrol is monitoring weather and road conditions in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Transportation and Georgia Emergency Management.  Troopers are cautioning drivers to carefully monitor weather reports frequently as they travel and be prepared for driving conditions to deteriorate.  The forecast is for temperatures to drop below freezing later this evening.  As they fall below freezing, hazardous driving conditions will set in, first with the bridges and overpasses.  Treacherous conditions are forecast overnight in the northern half of the state.

As the driving conditions change and become hazardous, Georgia State Troopers are patrolling the interstates and major traffic arteries.  In addition to assisting stranded motorists, troopers are relaying driving conditions and any problems they encounter to the Traffic Management Center at the Georgia Department of Transportation. 

If you must travel this evening, the Georgia State Patrol reminds motorists to concentrate on their driving by keeping both hands on the steering wheel, make sure you can hear sirens from approaching emergency vehicles, keep all of the windows on your vehicle clear, ensure everyone in the vehicle is using their seat belt or other safety equipment, and check to be sure your headlights are on.  Troopers also remind motorists to be sure their vehicle insurance identification card is in the vehicle in the event of a traffic crash.

The Georgia State Patrol urges motorists to call 511 for updated traffic conditions and highway emergencies should be reported to 911 or the local post of the Georgia State Patrol by calling Star G-S-P (*477).

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