Thursday, October 29, 2015

Missouri State Highway Patrol Urges Caution On Roadways

Colonel J. Bret Johnson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, urges motorists to remain alert while driving in changing weather patterns. In some parts of the state, roadways have been dry for extended periods of time. Recent rains combined with existing oil, dirt, and other substances can create a serious road hazard. These roadways quickly become slick. Motorists are encouraged to reduce their speed and increase their following distance any time it rains. Even light rain can make travel treacherous.

Widely varying temperatures can leave roadways or bridge floors covered with frost. Even though roads appear to be clear, it is important to slow down and watch for slick areas, especially early in the morning. Temperature changes also cause fog to develop. Drivers need to slow down, turn on their headlights, and be prepared to stop in foggy conditions.

Weather conditions requiring the use of windshield wipers are usually those that affect visibility. Motorists are reminded that state law requires them to turn on their vehicle’s headlights any time they are using the windshield wipers. It only takes a second to turn on your vehicle’s headlights. But, that second could make you more visible to other drivers and prevent a traffic crash.

Approximately 63 percent of Missouri fatal crash victims who are required to be restrained are NOT at the time of the traffic crash. The Patrol urges motorists to protect themselves and their passengers by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Join us in supporting the Drive To Zero Highway Deaths. Watercraft operators should ensure that everyone in the vessel is wearing an approved life jacket. Click It 4 Life And Wear It!