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State Troopers and DOTD Talk About Winter Weather Driving Safety

State Troopers and DOTD Talk About Winter Weather Driving Safety

Posted: Feb 11, 2021 5:21 PM

Cold Temperatures and possibly wintry weather are expected over the coming days here across Acadiana.
State Troopers and Louisiana DOTD are reminding drivers how to stay safe on the roads as the temperatures fall.

“One thing that we ask people to do is if you need to get out obviously, if it is an emergency, I understand that however, once those roadways are closed; they’re closed. If we ask people to stay off the roadways it is for their safety and we as people to heed those warnings.” says Louisiana State Trooper Thomas Gossen.

While roads may become slippery bridges and overpasses will often freeze over before other surfaces.
This was the case Thursday morning as Icing on roads in Austin and Dallas, Texas caused multiple accidents leading to at least 8 deaths.
Gossen says that these incidents serve as an example of why drivers should try to stay off the roads in inclement winter weather.

“Anybody that saw those videos you understand how dangerous it is and how quickly this happens. This last event that happened in 2016, just Troop I here in the Acadiana area before noon (from 5 AM to noon) we had over 150 calls for service. So it is really a strain on the emergency system but its also, people need to understand that your help may not be readily available right away so, you are really taking a chance by getting out there whenever we are we are instructing and asking you not to.”

DOTD gives drivers some tips if they do need to head out on the road, these include:
-Drive slowly and carefully.
-Avoid driving while distracted.
-Always allow for extra driving time.
-Avoid using cruise control.
If you would like to check road conditions and any road closure due to winter weather you can download the Louisiana 511 app on your phone.

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