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Police worry that overconfident drivers will hit gas, cause accidents

Dan Morse

As motorists grow more self-assured, they could cause more wrecks.

Several reasons: The same road can go from good to poor instantly; melting snow can lead to ice after dark; a clear road is clear only because of huge snow-piles next to it, which can hide pedestrians.

Here is a press release covering these issues from Montgomery County officials:

Now that more residents are getting out onto local highways and streets, Montgomery County officials are advising both drivers and pedestrians to proceed with caution.
Montgomery County Police report that as some roads become more passable, drivers are increasing their speed. However, motorists are advised that they may encounter varying conditions on the same stretch of road, as plowing operations continue. Drivers are reminded to maintain a safe stopping between vehicles.
Drivers are also reminded that the melting occurring today will produce black ice during the night and caution is advised.
Drivers should stay alert at all times for pedestrians walking in the roadways, where sidewalks are impassable with plowed snow. Some pedestrians may be wearing hats and hoods that impede their vision and hearing and wearing dark clothing that is difficult to see during evening hours.
Police are asking residents to stay at home if at all possible, as plows, trucks and front-end loaders are moving snow and workers clearing sidewalks may be in the street. Highway workers still need a period of low-volume traffic to help them continue with their clearing operations and roadways should be kept as free as possible of unnecessary traffic to allow emergency vehicles to respond to calls.
Some intersections have limited site lines due to snow mounds, and drivers are asked to proceed with extreme caution.

-- Dan Morse

By Dan Morse  |  February 8, 2010; 3:50 PM ET
Categories:  Dan Morse , Montgomery  
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