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NSP Urges Caution, Safety, During Winter Storm


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 January 15, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) – The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) is urging motorists to be extra cautious in parts of the state where snow and ice have made travel difficult and dangerous. If you must travel, keep up-to-date on the latest weather and road conditions, as this winter storm will affect a large area of Nebraska through Monday.

“This storm is dangerous, and is creating hazardous driving conditions over a wide area”, said Colonel Brad Rice, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “We ask motorists in the affected areas to be prepared and aware of weather and road conditions”.

The Nebraska State Patrol issues the following reminders for motorists traveling in extreme weather conditions:

  • Blowing and drifting snow can reduce visibility. Travel only when absolutely necessary. Always wear your seat belt and never drive faster than conditions allow.

  • If you must travel, use well-traveled routes and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination.

  • Let others know when you are going, when you will arrive, and what route you are taking.

  • If you do become stranded while traveling, stay with your vehicle until help arrives. Wind chill and freezing temperatures can be life threatening.

  • If your vehicle does become stuck, run your motor sparingly and keep a window cracked to prevent the buildup of carbon monoxide.

  • Carry a red flag or bandana in your car and attach it to the outside to signal you are in trouble.

Travelers can check on road closures and conditions by using 511, Nebraska’s Advanced Traveler Information System. The system can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, by dialing 511, or online at < www.511.nebraska.gov >. A Nebraska 511 mobile app is also available to download at no cost for smartphone users. Simply search your app provider for Nebraska 511.

Motorists in need of emergency roadside assistance can call the Nebraska State Patrol Highway Helpline when safe to do so by dialing *55 from any cell phone or 1-800-525-5555 from any landline, and report emergencies to 911.

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