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Oregon State Police issue winter driving advisory

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Winter weather has set in across Oregon and the Oregon State Police want to know if you’re prepared.

With the increasing chance of snow, freezing rain and ice on the road, it’s more important than ever to know what you face before you head out.

Checking is the best way to get information on highway closures and construction, minimum chain requirements and road conditions utilizing their traffic cameras.

Those traveling in lower elevations should expect rain and wet roadways.

OSP urges all motorists to:

** Be prepared in the event you become stuck during your travels. Carry water, food and blankets in case you’re stuck in your vehicle during a trip

** Put the distractions away. Pull over to use handheld electronic devices, ask a passenger to help or wait until arriving at your destination.

** Watch your speed. Speeding usually won’t get you to your destination any faster. But you will get tired faster, burn more fuel, and create a more hazardous environment on the highway.

** Be extra vigilant in highway work zones. Even when workers are not present, all work zone speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the road.

** Get rest before traveling. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

** Wear your safety belt. Ensure passengers and children are properly restrained too.

** Get a designated driver if you plan on consuming intoxicating substances.

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