(ATLANTA)--Georgia State Troopers are monitoring weather and road conditions in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Transportation and Georgia Emergency Management as another winter storm approaches the state. Troopers are cautioning drivers to monitor weather reports frequently as they travel and be prepared for driving conditions to deteriorate.
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 the vehicle's current insurance identification card is in the vehicle in the event of a traffic crash. Also make sure your cell phone is fully charged and don't forget to travel with the charger for the device.
Drivers should also prepare a winter weather emergency kit for their car and be sure to include water and snacks in the event you become stranded. Pack a blanket, shovel, cat litter, as well as a flashlight and spare batteries. Handwarmers, available in sporting goods section of stores, can also help in the event of a travel emergency.
The Georgia State Patrol urges motorists to call 511 for updated traffic conditions and highway emergencies should be reported to 911. Drivers should not pass emergency vehicles or road maintenance vehicles.