MoDOT Urges New Madrid County Drivers to Help Prevent Missouri Car Accidents by Preparing for Winter
About 3 million people were left without power after the recent snowstorm that blew through the northeast region of the United States. Roughly 2 feet of snow crashed down on a number of areas, while utility companies, emergency responders and transportation departments scrambled to get things back in working order. Winter weather always creates complications, especially for drivers.
Though we've had a mild winter so far here in southeast Missouri, the weather is expected to turn cold very soon. Of course, residents know all too well how fickle Missouri weather can be: it can be 60 degrees one day, and snowing the next. As always, it's important to prepare your home and your vehicles in anticipation of winter weather. Preparing your vehicle can help you to avoid a car accident in Sikeston, while preparing your home will allow you and your family to comfortably wait out any winter weather.
Our Sikeston car accident attorneys understand how devastating these kinds of storms can be. After the recent winter storm in the northeast, authorities reported that nearly 30 people had died because of electrocution from car accidents, downed wires, and carbon monoxide poisoning from improperly ventilated power generators.
In the event of a serious snowstorm, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will be here to help clear our roadways. MoDOT has more than 3,000 employees and nearly 2,000 pieces of equipment to clear snow-covered roadways--the Department also has the option to hire even more emergency equipment operators to help clear snow and ice, when needed. Overall, MoDOT covers more than 30,000 miles of highway in 10 districts.
MoDOT asks that motorists do their part to keep our roadways clear and safe during active winter weather. Just as the Department has to adjust its efforts with every storm, they request that drivers do the same. In bad weather, drivers are urged to check road conditions before venturing out. You can visit MoDOT's online Traveler Information Map, or you can call MoDOT toll-free at 1-888-ASK-MODOT.