ALEA urges caution for motorists due to winter weather

Published 3:51 pm Friday, January 22, 2016

Special to the Advance

Winter weather weather precipitation forecasted for portions of Alabama today, and throughout the weekend, may cause icy roads and hazardous driving conditions. During this time, the public will see more Alabama State Troopers – including those assigned to the Marine Patrol Division – as well as Agents with the State Bureau of Investigation’s Agricultural and Rural Crimes Unit (ARCU). Utilizing Marine Patrol Troopers and ARCU Agents increases manpower capabilities and greatly expands four wheel drive resources.

“The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) strongly encourages all motorists to drive with extreme caution and to avoid roadways when weather conditions are prohibitive,” said Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier. “Because of the consolidation of state law enforcement, we now operate under a singular chain of command thus, we are able to provide for better preparation and utilization of assets. This is another example of the success of the consolidation by delivering a more effective and efficient use of state resources.”

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ALEA reminds motorists they can check the conditions of Alabama’s state and federal highways on the Road Conditions page on the Alabama Department of Transportation’s (ALDOT) web site at Motorists traveling overnight should be on the lookout for ALDOT crews pre-treating possible problem areas.

ALEA has made preparations and mobilized personnel and resources across the state to respond to icy road conditions and other adverse impacts from the winter storm. ALEA will monitor roadway conditions and will make every attempt to keep highways passable and as safe for travel as possible.

Motorists are encouraged to monitor local news for information on weather conditions and frequently check road conditions and travel advisories. To report traffic crashes or other emergencies to state troopers, motorists with cell phones may dial *HP (*47) toll‐free.

If driving becomes necessary, motorists should use caution and be alert for emergency vehicles. Motorists are reminded to obey Alabama’s “move over” law.

State Troopers offer the following tips to help ensure safe winter travel:

• Avoid travel, if possible, when icy or other extremely hazardous driving conditions develop.

• Keep vehicles in good operating condition. Check antifreeze levels and use windshield washer solution suitable for freezing weather conditions. Keep gas tanks at least half full.

• Remember weather and roadway conditions can quickly change. Adapt speeds to existing roadway conditions, and be alert to changing weather and the possibility of icy, slippery roads.

• During inclement weather, turn on headlights and windshield wipers and maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and other vehicles.

• Pay particular attention to bridges and overpasses, which have a tendency to develop extremely hazardous “black ice.”

• Keep blankets, a first aid kit, a charged cell phone and other emergency supplies in your vehicle.