RI State Police Warn Drivers of Road Conditions

Saturday, January 19, 2019


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The Rhode Island State Police warns motorists that a combination of snow, sleet, and freezing rain, along with a potential flash freeze, could result in hazardous driving conditions tonight through Monday morning.

Lt. Colonel Kevin Barry, said in a statement that RI drivers should avoid unnecessary travel and use extreme caution if they have to drive during the storm.

“We are especially concerned about people heading out to watch the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game tomorrow night because that’s when freezing temperatures are likely to result in icy road conditions,” Lt. Colonel Barry said. “Driving conditions could be treacherous before and after the game. Also, consuming even small amounts of alcohol can impact your ability to recognize and respond to hazardous travel conditions.”

The current forecast calls for snow and rain starting tonight, with the highest accumulation of snow in northern and western parts of Rhode Island. Snow is expected to change to sleet, freezing rain and rain overnight, with a potential flash freeze on Sunday as temperatures plummet.

Additional troopers have been assigned throughout the state for the duration of the storm. They will work with the state Department of Transportation and other agencies to monitor travel conditions. They also will strictly enforce all motor vehicle violations, especially when it comes to people driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs or operating in an unsafe manner, especially given the travel conditions.

Rhode Island State Police offers the following safety reminders for driving in winter conditions:

Clear windows, mirrors, headlights and taillights of frost, ice and snow
Turn on headlights, even during the day, to improve visibility
Add space between your vehicle and others on the roads
Allow extra time to get to your destination and adjust speed based on travel conditions
Do not drink and drive – consumption of even a small amount of alcohol can impact your ability to react and respond to hazardous travel conditions


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