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State Patrol, DOT ask you to stay off roads, if possible

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Nov. 22, 2010 at 1:04 pm with No Comments »
November 22, 2010 1:04 pm

The state Department of Transportation and Washington State Patrol are asking drivers to delay their travels plans – if possible – as a winter storm blankets the region with snow and icy conditions.

“If you can, delay travel until Tuesday or Wednesday,” said Chris Christopher, DOT’s maintenance director, in a press release. “Conditions continue to deteriorate today, especially in the Puget Sound area. If you have to be on the road, slow down, drive for conditions and let WSDOT trucks through.”

DOT has deployed all its crews but they are having a difficult time clearing the roads in high-traffic areas.

“If you must drive, slow down and increase your following distance,” said State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste. “Leave early so you won’t be tempted to rush and risk a collision.”

The State Patrol also asks drivers not to abandon their cars on the side of the roadway.

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