Michele Anderson, Public Safety Communications Manager 509.742.0063
Monday, December 19, 2016 at 9:26 a.m.
The Spokane Police and Fire Departments warn that storms expected over the next few days with anticipated snowfall is a reminder that winter weather driving conditions have arrived. To be safe and courteous driver in these conditions will require slower speeds and greater following distances for everyone.
According to public safety officials, motorists need to give themselves plenty of room to stop by allowing at least three times more space than usual between their car and vehicles in front of them, especially during snow and ice conditions on area streets and roads. Slowing down and driving with cautious respect for conditions is a key to maintaining vehicle control and avoiding collisions during winter driving conditions. This also applies to four-wheel drive vehicles. Although four-wheel drive vehicles may have better traction when using the four-wheel drive option, they have no better stopping capabilities than any other vehicle on the road in winter driving conditions.
Sergeant John Griffin of the Spokane Police Traffic Unit would like to remind everyone that “posted speed limits are for perfect conditions and that driving behavior must be changed to reflect the current weather and road conditions. We want everyone to have a safe and Merry Christmas with their families.”
Other winter driving tips offered by the Spokane Police and Fire Departments include:
In addition to these tips, Interim Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer adds, “We want to remind motorists to move to the right or pull off the roadway for responding emergency vehicles. It will make our roads safer for all of us.”
Officer John O'Brien