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Plainfield Police: Drive Safe in Winter Weather

Police say there's been a 105 percent increase in crashes compared to last January.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
Submitted by the Plainfield Police Department:

With the extreme amount of inclement weather already experienced this winter season, and with more likely to come, the Plainfield Police Department wants to remind drivers of several key issues surrounding the operation of a motor vehicle during this time of year.

First, if possible, avoid driving completely during inclement weather.  If you must go out, wait until plow trucks have had time to get out and clear the roadways as best they can.  Please keep in mind, in extreme weather, not even plow trucks can keep up, and salt becomes ineffective when temperatures reach about 10 degrees Fahrenheit and below. 

Second, please be patient.  Allow extra travel time in periods of inclement weather, be aware of slick conditions on roadways and in parking lots, and allow extra time when attempting to stop your vehicle.   Please keep a greater distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.  Nearly half of all roadway crashes within the Village of Plainfield this January have been caused by one vehicle sliding into the back of another vehicle. 

Finally, make sure your vehicle is prepared for any adverse situation you may encounter.  Keep emergency supplies in your vehicle, such as extra warm clothing and blankets, a snow shovel, and food and water.  Be sure to keep your gas tank relatively full and make sure your tires have an adequate amount of tread on them.

The Plainfield Police Department has experienced a 105 percent increase in traffic crashes in January of 2014 compared to January of 2013 as well as a 300 percent increase in assisting stranded motorists.  By following the above mentioned tips, hopefully we can all make it to springtime without incident when driving a motor vehicle.    

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