UHP officer makes plea for drivers to be prepared in poor weather conditions

Several Utah Highway Patrol officers have been hurt or their vehicles have been damaged in recent weeks while they are responding to accidents. UHP Sgt. Rick Mayo says many drivers need to be reminded that different rules apply for winter driving and it is best to be prepared.On KVNU’s For the People program Wednesday, Mayo said if you find that you are in a disabled position, some place like Sardine Canyon, get off the road. He says snow tires or chains are required in the canyon.”Make sure that you have your flashers on, your four-way flashers, know where those are,” Sgt. Mayo counseled. “A lot of people with these newer cars don’t know exactly where that is. Test out your equipment. Make sure you have that beforehand knowledge.”I would also recommend, as I know a lot of emergency planners do, that you have maybe a few flares of your own, an extra blanket or two, some water and some snacks. Basically what you need if you’re going to be delayed for a short period of time that you can stay warm and be alright.” Mayo says it is against the law to drive in fog without lights on. And, he says, make sure you drive a distance from other cars so you can stop safely if you have to stop.

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