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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sheriff Issues Winter Driving Preparedness Tips
-- More Snow Forecasted for March
Contact: Susan Lilly, Public Information Officer 970-729-2028
March 10, 2019 -- (Telluride, CO) – Recent heavy snowfall means great skiing, but with it comes difficult driving conditions and increased avalanche risk. With more snow forecasted, Sheriff Bill Masters is issuing some emergency preparedness driving tips.
“To be clear, there is a lot more risk having a vehicle slide-off or collision than getting caught in an avalanche while driving our mountain roads,” Sheriff Masters said.
The Sheriff also commended the work Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has done. “There has been a consistent commitment to safety on our roads from CDOT with plowing and intensive avalanche mitigation work.”
Still, many in our community are talking about how to best mitigate their own risks while driving. For real-time travel information, go to https://cotrip.org/home.htm for road conditions and closures, travel alerts, snowplow locations, and interactive maps.
Here are some safety tips:
Winter Emergency Preparedness Driving Tips:
Remember, it’s always a good idea to tell someone where you are going, and when you expect to arrive and return. In severe winter weather driving conditions, avoid travel when possible.
If you are delayed or stuck on the roadway due to an emergency incident:
“We are aware of increased awareness and concern about the risks of avalanches,” Sheriff Masters said. “The most dangerous place to be right now is in the backcountry.”
In the unlikely event you are in your car and get caught in an avalanche:
To receive important emergency incident notifications:
For San Miguel County Emergency Preparedness Information: http://www.sanmiguelcountyco.gov/174/Emergency-Management follow San Miguel County Sheriff on Facebook or @SheriffAlert on Twitter and be sure you are signed up to receive CodeRED emergency alerts via text, cell, and/or landline.
The San Miguel Sheriff’s Office, located in Telluride, Colorado and established in 1883, serves 7,800 residents and countless visitors across the 1,288 square miles of San Miguel County. Sheriff Bill Masters has been serving as the county’s elected Sheriff since 1980