Acting Captain Rob Huss
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax
*** For Immediate Release***
Drive Safely Thanksgiving Weekend
Southwest Washington -- The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is asking motorists that are travelling during Thanksgiving weekend to drive safely and be prepared for the unexpected.
Motorists will see increased traffic volumes and should be alert and drive with caution. Drive at a reasonable speed, taking into consideration traffic and roadway conditions. Plan for extra travel time to your destination to ensure you arrive safely.
For winter driving advice visit the WSP website at http://www.wsp.wa.gov/traveler/winter.htm. Videos, tips, and information on traction devices are made available to help motorist stay safe and reduce unexpected delays during winter driving months.
We are asking you check that your vehicle is in proper working condition. Inspect wiper blades, tires, and fluid levels before departing.
The WSP wants to remind you to stock your vehicle with basic winter driving equipment: scraper and brush, small shovel, and jumper cables. You should also include road flares, a blanket, warm clothing, and flashlight with batteries in your vehicles emergency kit.
Check out road conditions at Washington State Department of Transportation's (WSDOT) website at www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic, or by calling 1-800-695-ROAD, 1-206-DOT-HIWY, or 511**. WSDOT provides real-time traffic information and camera images at major mountain passes and locations throughout the state.
Real time weather conditions and forecasts are also available on WSDOT's website at www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/weather.