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Colonel Rick Fuentes Major Dennis McNulty
Superintendent, New Jersey State Police
State Director of Emergency Management
Commanding Officer, Emergency Management

Nicholas J. Morici
(609) 882-2000 ext. 6209
January 25, 2011

Winter Weather Awareness

New Jersey State Police Headquarters, Trenton, NJ – Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police and Director of the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, is asking residents and visitors of the Garden State to be mindful of a potential winter storm on Wednesday, January 26, 2011.

Colonel Fuentes is advising that all state residents and commuters prepare for Wednesday's impending winter weather which could impact commuters. The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management is closely monitoring the approaching storm and is anticipating snow showers throughout portions of New Jersey's southern, central and northern counties.

Drivers should adhere to those behaviors that constitute safe driving and realize that inclement weather and road conditions will impact their commute. Unnecessary travel is not recommended.

Motorists are encouraged to check for current road conditions at the New Jersey Department of Transportation website: www.NJ511.info.

The following is a list of general winter weather preparedness tips:
Travel Items to Include: All cars should be equipped with road maps, a cell phone, a shovel, a windshield scraper, a towrope, booster cables, and a brightly colored cloth to use as a distress signal. A bag of sand or non-clumping cat litter to spread under tires if stuck in snow is also recommended.

Dress for Success: It is recommended that all drivers and their passangers wear warm clothing such as winter coats, wool hats and gloves when traveling to avoid exposure to extremely cold temperatures in the event that your vehicle breaks down or gets stuck.

Proper Travel Notification: Drivers should inform someone that they are taking a trip, where they are going, the routes that will be traveled and when they are expected to return. Upon reaching their destination, drivers should call to report arrival.  If traveling a long distance, please remember to fill up on fuel prior to making your trip.  While traveling, stop frequently to refill the fuel tank. The breaks will help drivers stay alert.

On the Road: Always follow the rules of the road and adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Always buckle your seat belt.
  • Brake properly to avoid skidding.  If driving on snow or ice, start slowly and brake gently. Begin braking early when approaching an intersection.
  • If the vehicle starts to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes.  Steer into the direction of the skid until regaining traction, and then straighten the vehicle.  For vehicles with antilock brakes, apply steady pressure.
  • Visibility and speed:
    • In fog, drive with headlights set on dim or use fog lights.
    • In rain, fog, snow or sleet, stay within the limits of your vision. If it is too difficult to see, pull off the road and stop.
    • Drive slowly and increase following distance. Vehicle speed should adjust for conditions and match the flow of traffic.
    • Watch for slick spots. Be physically and mentally prepared to react.

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