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Posted on: July 3, 2013


Over the next few days the weather forecast indicates that our area could possibly experience inclement weather conditions. “It is important for motorist to be extra vigilant when rainfall is heavy” said Chief Mark A. Weeks. Motorists are reminded to heed weather warnings, obey the rules of the road and plan accordingly or curtail travel if conditions warrant.

“DeFuniak Springs Police wants you to have a safe and Happy July 4th Holiday weekend, therefore it is important that the motorist are reminded of a few safety tips” said Lieutenant Mears.

• You must slow down when the pavement is wet. Wet pavement is far more slippery than dry pavement.

• When the road is wet, it is much more difficult to hold the road on curves and it takes a longer distance to stop.

• During a storm, when road conditions are poor, the posted speed limit is not necessarily the safest speed at which to travel.

• Hydroplaning can occur at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour. Most tires with tread will "wipe" the road surface the way a windshield wiper cleans the windshield. As speed increases, the wiping action of the tires becomes less effective and tires start to ride on a layer of water just as though they were water-skis.

• The extent of hydroplaning increases with speed and with the amount of water on the highway.

• The tires may lose contact with the pavement when the depth of water exceeds the tread depth. You can expect to hydroplane when this happens, you cannot brake,accelerate or properly turn. As soon as you feel any loss of control, take your foot off the gas pedal and hold the steering wheel firmly in the direction you intend to go. Allow your vehicle speed to decrease until you regain complete control of the vehicle.

• Do not drive through flooded roads. There is no way to tell how deep the water is or if the road has been washed out.

• Report flooded roadways to local law enforcement or call 911

Lieutenant Tilman Mears
Criminal Investigations Division Commander

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