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Tuesday, January 19, 2010  

Travelers Beware as Freezing Rain Heads into Iowa

Des Moines, IOWA---Meteorologists are forecasting one-quarter to one-half inch of ice will accumulate over much of Iowa in the next 24 hours.  That translates into big trouble for motorists traveling the many roadways in the Hawkeye State.  The Iowa Department of Public Safety, Division of the Iowa State Patrol advises drivers to take extra precautions when ice glazes over our roadways.

  • Avoid travel whenever possible.
  • Reduce speeds to accommodate for lack of control on ice.
  • Increase following distance to 8-10 seconds between cars.
  • Remember, 4 wheel drive doesn't help you on ice.
  • Never use cruise control.
  • Be particularly careful of bridges and overpasses where ice accumulates more quickly.
  • Heed all travel warnings.  Never drive on closed roads.
  • Call 9-1-1 if you are involved in an accident or put your car in the ditch.
  • Never leave your vehicle after an accident.  Wait for assistance to come to you.

“This winter Iowans have done a tremendous job of monitoring the winter weather, taking the advisories seriously and altering their travel plans,” said Col. Patrick Hoye.  “As a result, our Troopers have seen a decrease in serious weather related traffic accidents and fatalities.”

As the ice storm enters the state of Iowa over the next 24 hours, remember to monitor the Iowa Road Conditions Web Site at www.511ia.org  Or, if you don’t have access to the internet, call 5-1-1 from a touch tone phone.  Winter road condition information is uploaded to both the web site and phone system regularly by the Iowa State Patrol as Troopers travel throughout the state, taking note of the changing road conditions.



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