The Florida Highway Patrol would like to remind motorist that during the upcoming storm to please stay off the roadways. The local bridges will be monitored for wind hazards and will be evaluated for closure when winds reach 40 mph sustained. During the storm our troopers will be taken off the roadway, when the weather becomes too dangerous for our members to safely respond to calls for service.
Please follow the below tips for the next several days as we experience Hurricane Irma force winds.
- Slow down – The roads remain slick after the storm so if you have to drive, decrease your speed to avoid hydroplaning.
- Buckle up – When it is finally safe to venture out, take the extra time to buckle your seatbelt. It is the law in Florida, and statistics continue to show that seatbelts save lives. Four of the reported deaths related to Tropical Story Fay involved motorists who were not wearing their seatbelts.
- Be cautious of high winds – Windy conditions adversely affect all vehicles, particularly high profile vehicles, such as buses and trucks, as well as motorcycles. Gusty wind makes driving difficult, especially when it is rapidly changing speed and direction.
- Turn around; don’t drown – Prepare for standing water. Never drive through flooded areas, even if you are familiar with the roads. The area of roadway you cannot see beneath the water may be washed out or the water may conceal debris, tree branches or even power lines.
- Pay attention – You may come up on an intersection that is no longer controlled by a traffic control device. If a police officer is directing traffic, follow their directions. Otherwise, treat the intersection as you would treat an intersection governed by a four-way Stop sign.