RICHMOND (WRIC)—Virginia State Police have responded to a total of 336 calls for service in the Richmond Division between 3 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. Wednesday, during the region's most recent winter storm.
Of these calls, state troopers have responded to 117 motor vehicle accidents and 93 disabled vehicles, most of which occurred in the Richmond Metro-Tri-Cities area. Statewide, troopers have responded to 474 vehicle crashes between noon Tuesday and 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.
VSP offers the following tips for driving in inclement weather:
State law requires headlights to be on when windshield wipers are in active use.
Completely clear all windows and head/taillights of snow/ice before traveling.
Add extra time to reach travel destination.
Slow your speed for road conditions.
Increase driving distances between vehicles for increased stopping distance.
Do not tailgate snow plows or sand trucks.
Always buckle up and ensure your passengers are bucked up as well.
Do not drive distracted.
If your vehicle begins to hydroplane, steer your vehicle in the direction you want your vehicle to go.
Brake and accelerate lightly.
Plan ahead before you travel by calling 511 for road conditions or visit www.511virginia.org. DO NOT call 911 or #77, which are for emergency calls only.
Have a charged cell phone and extra blankets, water, snacks in case your vehicle becomes disabled.
Know your location to give to an emergency dispatcher to include the direction of travel, in case you need emergency response. Use exit numbers or mile markers when on the interstate as points of reference (for example, Intersate 95 northbound at the 80 mile marker).
Motorists are also reminded to comply with Virginia's "Move Over" law, which requires drivers to change to another travel lane or, when not able to, to cautiously pass emergency personnel stopped on the side of the road. State law includes highway maintenance vehicles and tow trucks equipped with flashing amber lights.
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