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LSP: Freezing rain threatening our roads

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A warning Monday as the winter weather sweeps in to our area. Louisiana State Police are keeping an eye on the pavement with the threat of freezing rain. Troopers say low temperatures can cause ice on the pavement. It can also create a layer of ice to form on bridges and overpasses.

State police have a string of safety tips for you: 

+Make sure your vehicle is prepared for the trip and in good working order (tires, fluid levels, battery, windshield wipers, etc).

+Have a survival kit: emergency first aid kit, blankets, jumper cables, high-energy or dehydrated foods, flashlight with extra batteries, extra (charged) cell phone battery, emergency flares, and bottled water.

+Allow yourself plenty of travel time to reach your destination.

+Ensure that all occupants are properly buckled and children are secured in the appropriate child seat.

+Slow down and adjust your speed according to the weather and roadway conditions.

+Use your head lights at all times to increase visibility.

+Do not use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.

+Use extra caution on bridges, overpasses, and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first.

+Do not disregard or move barricades which are in place for your safety.

+Refrain from aggressive, impaired, and distracted driving, as these driving behaviors coupled with icy roadway conditions could produce fatal consequences.

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