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Use extra caution on these county roads

SCHUYLER COUNTY—Winter weather is here, which means snowy and icy roads.
But which roads have the most accidents?
Schuyler County Sheriff Bill Yessman said his department investigated 121 motor vehicle accidents between, Dec. 1, 2009, to Feb. 29, 2010.
According to the Schuyler sheriff, the roads with the most accidents last winter were:
• State Route 414 (Hector) with 10 accidents.
• State Route 14 with nine accidents.
• State Route 13 (Cayuta) with seven accidents.
• State Route 224 and Route 414 (Dix) with six accidents each.
Regardless of a road’s history, drivers should take extra precautions when the weather is bad.  According to the New York State Department of Transportation, some of the most important tips for safe winter driving include:
• Never follow a snowplow too closely or attempt to pass one. Remember that the highway ahead of the plow is usually snow-covered;
• During a winter storm, drivers will encounter snow- and ice-covered roads even when plows are operating. Drivers must exercise extreme care and diligence while traveling during winter weather;
• Adjust speed for road conditions and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles;
• Schedule extra time for winter travel and be patient during ice and snow removal operations;
• Assume that bridge surfaces are slippery, as they freeze more quickly than road surfaces;
• Have a cell phone handy, if possible;
• Never venture from your vehicle if snowbound;
• Equip your car with emergency supplies including sand, shovel, flares, booster cables, rope, ice scraper, portable radio, flashlight, and extra warm clothes;
• Inform a responsible person of your destination, intended route, and estimated time of arrival; and
• Keep calm and do not panic in case of a vehicle breakdown, accident, or if you become snowbound.


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