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ODOT issues winter driving tips


As snow continues to fall throughout this massive winter storm, Ohio Department of Transportation District 3 will work in 12-hour shifts with more than 100 crews on the roads in Ashland, Crawford, Erie, Huron, Lorain, Medina, Richland and Wayne Counties.

ODOT snow and ice forces will be staffed around the clock through the duration of this storm.

ODOT expects snow to persist through the afternoon and evening hours. It has been forecasted that snow will fall at a rate of about an inch or two per hour. Wind gusts could exceed 35 mph, accounting for blowing and drifting snow. ODOT’s best advice today, "In ice and snow, take it slow … or just don’t go!"

For those who must travel, be safe by following these tips:

Plan Ahead: Before leaving home, find out about driving conditions by going to ODOT’s premier website Safe drivers know the weather, and their limits. Also, follow ODOT on Facebook and Twitter.

See and be Seen: Remove any snow on your vehicle’s windows, lights, brake lights and signals.

Check the Clock: Leave plenty of time to reach your destination safely. It’s not worth putting yourself and others in a dangerous situation just to be on time.

Turn on your Lights: If you need to turn on your wipers, turn on your headlights. It’s the law.

Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.

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