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Drive Safe During Hazardous Conditions

Lawmaker who represents Hartland provides updates and views on various topics.

By Cindy Denby

Now that winter is here and some snow is on the ground, it's important to make sure that we are remembering to practice good driving tips in winter weather conditions.

Snowplows will be out in full force and the Michigan Department of Transportation and County Road Association of Michigan are urging drivers to remember that snowplows need "room to groom." Remember that snowplows have limited visibility and drivers cannot see behind their trucks. In addition, snowplows often throw up clouds of snow, reducing visibility around the truck as well, so be sure to be careful when driving near or around a plow. Motorists should never pass a moving snowplow on the right, as new wing-plow technology allows the blade of a plow to clear the shoulder and driving lane simultaneously.

Michigan roads will be slicker so motorists should not use their cell phones while they are behind the wheel. Distracted driving is extremely dangerous and can cause accidents, especially when adding icy and snowy conditions into the mix. As always, drivers should always wear a safety belt and allow extra time to reach destinations this winter. Rushing and being reckless on the road is a recipe for disaster. Winter is extremely beautiful in our state and while there is a lot to enjoy, not being careful and ignoring the rules of the road can have dangerous consequences. Stay safe out there!

If you have any questions or need assistance with any state issues, please contact me toll free at 866-828-4863 or via e-mail atcindydenby@house.mi.gov.

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