Vermont State Police warn of potentially dangerous travel conditions Thursday

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With a winter storm in the forecast Thursday and a number of recent accidents across the state caused by slippery conditions, Vermont State Police are reminding people to take it slow.

“Whether we have a dusting of snowfall, or what we are projecting to have these next few days, its going to be a problem on the highways for sure” said Lt. Tara Thomas of the Vermont State Police.

The Vermont Department of Transportation says that with a team of almost 350 snowplow operators and over 250 plows the agency is ready for the winter weather.

“This is when we start asking for everybody to slow down, take it slow,” said Todd Law of VTrans. “One of the biggest nationwide pushes is the saying ‘Ice and Snow Take it Slow'”.

Thomas said excessive speed can cause problems during a snow storm.

“The minute you start letting your guard down and you take for granted what you are actually operating on is when you are probably going to find yourself in a situation that is unsafe and also unsafe for other motorists.” said Thomas.

As of Dec. 1, 61 people have died on Vermont’s roads in 2020. There were only 40 at this point in 2019, with a ten-year average of about 56 fatalities.

“Make sure that you are focused on what you are supposed to doing, driving. Avoid the distractions, avoid the cell phones. We have distractions all over the place.” said Law.

V-Trans also offers a live look at current conditions on roadways across the state, as well as a plow finder map to see when things are being maintained in your area.

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