DOVER (WJER) (Jan. 16, 2022) – The head of the local traffic safety coalition is urging those needing to travel during this winter storm to buckle up and take it slow.
Tuscarawas County Safe Communities Coordinator Kelly Snyder says it’s always wise to postpone non-essential trips when the roads get slick. If that’s not possible, she says try to leave early since it’s going to take longer to reach your destination, and don’t take off without clearing off your lights and windows since leaving them covered creates a hazard to you and others.
“The front, the side, the back. It’s so important. We’ve all seen people driving down the road with just a little hole, and that’s not safe.
She also reminds those unable to hunker down at home to put down their phones and give others using the road – including snowplows and emergency response vehicles – plenty of space.
“They’re out there keeping us safe. So if you see a salt truck or you see a plow, making sure you’re just staying back and just letting them do their thing, and the same thing with emergency vehicles or law enforcement. Giving them plenty of space, getting over, slowing down.”
The National Weather Service advises against non-essential travel until the winter storm warning in effect for our area expires at 1 pm Monday. Snyder says if you must venture out, consider packing a flashlight, blanket, phone charger, beverages, and snacks in case you get stranded. You can check the latest road conditions through the OH-Go website and app.