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Car Accidents in Winter

How to Stay Safe After a Winter Car Accident


The days are short. The air is cold. Roads are often slick with rain, snow or ice.

It’s winter driving season and, while most people know what to do to try to avoid an accident, many don’t know what to do after one. It’s vital knowledge to have, because the aftermath of a crash can be just as dangerous as the crash itself — especially when it’s cold and snowy.

Here are five things to do (or not do) if you’re in an accident this winter to help keep yourself and others safe:

Make sure everyone’s OK — then get off the road if you can. The safety of everyone involved in a crash is the first concern, of course. So, check on the occupants of each vehicle and call for emergency assistance if it’s needed. Then, if the vehicles are drivable, get them off the road as soon – and as carefully – as possible.

Stay in your car if you can’t safely move away. If you can’t get your car off the road, but you can get off the road, wait until there’s no traffic around and then move well out of the way. Otherwise, stay in the car so you’re protected from other vehicles.

Stay visible — and warm. Turn on your hazard lights and put up road flares so other vehicles know something is wrong. And, grab your vehicle emergency kit (you have one, right?) for blankets and extra clothing. If you’ve run off the road and you’re still in your car, make sure nothing is blocking your exhaust pipe. Otherwise carbon monoxide may build up.

If you’re stranded, stay put. Running off the road in a remote area is scary, but resist the urge to try to walk for help. You risk getting lost, especially during a storm, if you set off on foot.

See a crash? Don’t always stop to help. Being a Good Samaritan could cause more problems than it solves. So, if those involved aren’t in immediate danger, call 911 and let the professionals help with medical aid and traffic control.

It’s not always easy, but keeping a cool head after an accident will do more than help everyone get through a stressful situation — it will help keep everyone safer, too.


SNOW REMOVAL REMINDER

As winter fast approaches, the department would like to remind our community of the requirements to remove snow from sidewalks abutting their property.  The following rules for snow removal apply to all property owners:

23-4 Removal of snow, etc., from sidewalk—Duty of owner, etc., of abutting property.  - The owners, agents and occupants of any house, warehouse, store, tenement house or any other building, and the ground belonging thereto or occupied by them, and the owner and agent of any vacant lot within the city,Snowy street shall keep the sidewalks, whether paved or not, in front of and adjoining such property, clean, and after any fall of snow, shall cause the snow and all slush and ice to be immediately removed from the sidewalk fronting their respective lot into the carriageway of the street. (R.O. 1937, § 761.)

23-5.1 Depositing snow, etc., upon streets, etc.—Prohibited.  -  No person shall deposit, or cause to be deposited, any snow, slush or ice upon the public streets, alleys or sidewalks within the city; except that snow, slush or ice removed from the public sidewalk, and the area between the sidewalk and the street roadway may be deposited into the street roadway. (Ord. No. 1123, § 1.)

The department's Community Service Officers respond to many calls a year regarding sidewalks not clear of snow, causing dangerous conditions for pedestrians.  The Community Service Officers give property owners the opportunity to clear their sidewalks before any enforcement action is taken.  Often, we encounter citizens who cannot physically clear snow themselves.  We work with snow removal companies, volunteer organizations and other neighbors to provide assistance to this group of individuals to ensure that their sidewalks are safe for the public.

Any questions regarding snow removal can be directed to CSO Kris Walker or CSO Ed Boone.

ELDER FRAUD INFORMATION

Below is a Public Service Announcement (PSA) from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) regarding Elder Fraud.  The PSA contains information on the several different typical frauds, steps to protect yourself, friends and family, and filing complaints.

PSA__Elder_Fraud.pdf




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