The New Year's collisions were in large part due to the snow storm. In addition to these collisions numerous vehicles slid off the road way increasing road hazards.
According to the National weather Service, another winter storm is set to affect much of northern and central Arizona this weekend. Snow is expected in the higher elevations with this storm. “The high country should expect areas of significant snowfall and dangerous travel conditions by Saturday night.”
Here are some safety tips and reminders to help keep motorists safer throughout the winter:
Stay home! In stormy weather, unless you have to go out, staying home may be the best idea. You may be a good driver but not everyone else will be.
Before heading out check road and weather conditions at az511.com or dial 5-1-1.
Inspect your vehicle before heading out; fill-up on fuel and make sure your tires are properly inflated.
Carry enough critical supplies to last 24 hours including prescription medications, water, food and diapers supplies for young children, warm clothing, shoes and blankets. Additionally be sure to keep a cell phone charger in with you at all times.
While driving, slow down and leave additional distance between you and surrounding vehicles.
Go easy on the gas and brake pedals; slow acceleration is the most effective on slick roads and give additional time for breaking, it takes longer to stop on slick surfaces.
If at any point the decision is made to discontinue driving, pull completely off the roadway preferably into a parking lot to avoid obstructing other traffic and emergency vehicles.
The Prescott Valley Police would like to remind motorists and passengers to fasten your seat belt, this could save your life. A More extensive list of safety supplies can be found at https://www.azdps.gov/safety/travel.
As a reminder if you do not have to go out, for your safety, stay home!
Please report suspected impaired, reckless, or unsafe driving to your local law enforcement.
The Prescott Valley Police Department may be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies or 911 for emergencies.