Missouri Highway Patrol Says Slow Down for Snow

8 years 2 months 1 week ago Monday, January 10 2011 Jan 10, 2011 Monday, January 10, 2011 5:39:57 PM CST January 10, 2011 in News

JEFFERSON CITY - Lieutenant John Hotz of the Missouri Highway Patrol told us Monday that with this being the first big snow storm of the year, people need to remember to play it safe. He said the most important thing to do is to stay indoors if you do not have to be out. He also said if you do have to be out, the first thing you need to do is clear your car of excess snow.

"There is a state law that says if your windshield wipers are on you must have your headlights on as well," said Hotz. "It may not make much of a difference for you, but it makes your car more visible for others."

Hotz advises drivers to drive well under the speed limit and increase following distance as well just in case the person in front slows down or loses control. Winterizing your car is also a precaution. Hotz said pay particular attention to your tires, batteries, hoses, fan belt, and other parts that are affected by extreme weather. "

"We'll be patrolling and the folks that are out will of course assist anyone that has slid off the road or has been in an accident," said Hotz. "It's one of the first storms of the year and unfortunately people kind of forget to slow down and adjust their driving."

Hotz said before you leave the house and get into the car, you should call 1-800-222-6500 to get report on the road conditions.

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