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Winter road safety still vital

The Tri-State had been blessed with a relatively mild winter until recently. But as we enter January and the temperatures continue to fall, it is important to remember the importance of being safe while traveling on our roadways and bridges.

Tuesday’s snowfall, although short-lived, was a reminder for The Tribune to reiterate how imperative it is for motorists to use caution when driving in inclement weather. Throughout the winter season, the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office will keep the community updated on weather advisories, so here is a recap of what each level means.

Level 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.

Level 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. Motorists should use extreme caution.

Level 3: All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be driving during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel or a personal emergency exists. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.

It is also important to use common sense when traveling and know the limits of your vehicle.

The goal of these advisories is to keep everyone safe and are not issued arbitrarily. We hope everyone will remember this as the winter pushes on.