County 22

By: News Release
Mar 1st, 2017

What’s New in County 22?”

This morning when I came to work I noticed it was very foggy in spots. You get that typically in spring like weather. I came up to a busy highway intersection. I rolled my windows down and turned off my radio and blower switch to my defrost in my vehicle. I could hear something coming I normally wouldn’t have heard if I hadn’t done those things. I saw a pickup across from me was starting to pull out. All of a sudden the truck stopped partway through the intersection as we saw a semi-tractor coming in the nick of time. A school bus was behind the semi.

If you must drive in fog, follow these safety tips:

Slow down and do not drive faster than your vision.

Be cautious, fog can become thicker without warning and without being noticed until it is too late to react.

Increase your following distance to ensure enough reaction time and stopping distance.

Turn on your lights. Not all vehicle lights turn on automatically in fog. Use low beam headlights and fog lights. Do not use high beams.

If necessary turn on your 4-way flashers to give vehicles approaching from behind a better opportunity to see and notice your vehicle.

Use windshield wipers and defroster as necessary to maximize visibility.

Be ready for emergency stops by other vehicles.

Turn off your cruise control so you are in control of your vehicle.

Use the right edge of the road or roadside reflectors as a guide.

Listen for traffic you can’t see. This really works!

Do not change lanes or pass other vehicles, unless absolutely necessary.

Remember that other drivers have limited sight distance and that fog makes the road wet and possibly slippery or frosty this time of year.

Signal early, and when you use your brakes, don’t stomp on them.

Watch out for slow-moving and parked vehicles.

If you cannot see, pull completely off the road preferably at a rest area or truck stop. • If you pull off the road, turn on your hazard flashers immediately.

Let’s have a safe spring!



And if you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me anytime, e-mail me at mtschirgi@claytoncountyia.gov, or stop by to see me.

Thanks and be safe,

Sheriff Mike Tschirgi



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