Motorists asked to slow down as thousands take to the roads for holiday travel

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Motorists asked to slow down as thousands take to the roads for holiday travel

December 23, 2013 Updated Dec 23, 2013 at 2:08 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Duluth officials are asking motorists to slow down and pay attention to crews working along city streets as thousands prepare to head out to their holiday destinations.

Crews are working on water main breaks and gas leaks due to winter weather conditions and are urging drivers to slow down when they see the advance warning signals and orange cones.

The City of Duluth sent out the following statement:
“The City of Duluth asks motorists to slow down when they see orange. Motorists approaching utility work sites are asked to use extreme caution and to reduce their speed. Your attention and cooperation helps keep workers safe while they complete utility repairs in challenging outdoor conditions. Thank you.”

The Minnesota State patrol says they responded to 111 spinouts, crashes and weather related incidents on Sunday across the state.

The State Patrol offers these safe winter driving tips as you head out to your holiday festivities:
• Avoid unnecessary travel if conditions are too poor.
• Buckle up, and make sure child restraints are secured. It is recommended not to use bulky clothing when securing a child in a restraint. Use blankets on top of the child restraint harness, not beneath.
• Drive at safe speeds according to road conditions, and provide for plenty of travel time.
• Increase safe stopping distance between vehicles.
If skidding, remain calm, ease foot off the gas, and turn the steering wheel in the direction you want the front of the vehicle to go.
• Clear snow and ice from vehicle windows, hood, headlights, brake lights and directional signals.
• Headlights must be turned on when it is snowing or sleeting.
• Do not use cruise control on snowy/icy/wet roads.
• Use extra precautions when driving around snowplows by keeping at least five car-lengths behind plows.

For the latest road conditions in Minnesota, log onto the MN 511 website.
For the latest road conditions in Wisconsin, log onto the WI 511 website.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns