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Cumberland County Sheriff's Department
Saturday February 6th, 2010 :: 09:55 a.m. EST

Advisory

Winter Safety Message from the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department

Sheriff Robert A. Austino warns residents to follow these safety tips if you must drive during this unprecedented winter storm:

1) DO NOT DRIVE UNTIL AFTER THE BLIZZARD ENDS;

2) DO NOT DRIVE unless ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY;

3) DO NOT DRIVE if your vehicle is not mechanically safe to drive in winter weather. Ensure you have enough fuel to get to where you are going and back again;

4) If you MUST drive, before leaving home, make sure you clear off snow and ice from your headlights, rear lights, mirrors and all windows. Take blankets, a charged cell phone, a flashlight and something to snack on in case you become stuck in a snow drift. If your vehicle does get stuck, stay with it until help arrives;

5) If you MUST drive, keep your lights and wipers on, drive slower than you think you should and keep at least five to six car lengths behind the vehicle in front of you. Driving in the snow is difficult enough. Driving in a blizzard is much worse. Your vehicle can be blown off of the roadway, into the opposing lane of traffic, or something or someone can be blown into you;

6) Limit your distractions while driving. A loud radio on or talking on a cell phone while driving can be deadly enough when there's no snow on the roadway. During a blizzard you need to be acutely aware of what you are doing;

7) Again, DO NOT DRIVE unless ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY and DO NOT DRIVE UNTIL AFTER THE BLIZZARD ENDS. The roadways should be kept open for use by Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS and utility personnel for emergency services. Wait until the storm ends and the roads are plowed to drive.

Address/Location
Cumberland County Sheriff's Department
220 North Laurel Street
Bridgeton, NJ 08302

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 856-451-4449

Sgt. Thomas M. Perrotti
Investigations
thomaspe@co.cumberland.nj.us
856-451-4449

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