St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office warns of snow-covered roads, longer commutes
With the first snowfall for most of St. Lawrence County arriving yesterday and another big snow fall in the weather predictions for the rest of the week, the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office reminds the public that daily commutes may be longer than normal due to road conditions.
The Sheriff’s Office recommends the following safety tips during winter commutes to remain safe and reach you destination safety without incident:• Know your vehicle's limits and your driving limits. Knowing both limits can give you a good sense of how fast your speed should be while operating on less than ideal roadways.
• Check the weather prior to your commute to determine weather conditions along your route to provide knowledge of delays and determine your travel time for your commute.
• Allow yourself extra time to reach your destination, in case you are delayed for your commute due to road conditions. Giving yourself that extra time to reach your destination can provide a safe travel speed and being aware of traffic hazards on the roadway.
• Make sure you have the proper equipment or attire in case you become stuck on the side of the roadway. Having extra clothing, food, and a blanket could assist with being stuck along the side of the roadway for an extended length of time.
• Ensure your vehicle is prepared for winter travel. This might include having snow tires, snow removed from it prior to travel, and be sure all mechanical problems are resolved to reduce the chances of becoming a disabled vehicle on the side of the road.
• Keep your eyes on the road. Remaining focused on the road is imperative during winter time driving. Don’t text, call, or become distracted while driving on snow covered roads.
• Do not go out unless you have to. Wait until roadways are cleared by department of transportation crews of all traffic hazards.
• Be mindful of all emergency and department of transportation personnel on the roadways. If you come upon an emergency or department of transportation personnel attempting to clear the roadway, give an extra amount of space and reduce speed.
If you need any assistance or an emergency arises contact the Sheriff’s Office at 315-379-2222.