Winter is in full gear now, and it's time to remember to be safe when traveling, whether by car or on foot.
One may think that us folks in the North Country are all experts when it comes to the snow, but when there's snow or ice on the roads, the emergency radio scanner in our newsroom sounds off frequently with reports of vehicles sliding off the road or colliding with others. People get injured, and sometimes they die. Far too often those accidents would have been avoided if drivers just recognized that inclement conditions require slower speeds.
So if you're driving in bad weather, SLOW DOWN - it's the safe thing to do.
Also, drivers shouldn't tailgate, especially with slick roads.
Reports of injured pedestrians aren't as frequent; however, those who are walking along the road should also exhibit caution during snowstorms. It shouldn't be taken for granted that a driver can see someone along the road.
While on the topic of vehicle safety, drivers should also remember to take time to sufficiently clean their vehicles of snow. Headlights and taillights should also be cleaned as it is a safety hazard when other motorists cannot see your lights.
And clean off your license plates. Police can ticket you if they cannot read your license tags, so make sure they are visible before hitting the road.
The snow will be flying from now until April, or perhaps May - we have had snow on the last three Mothers Days. Let's all be safe out there.