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NEWS RELEASE

Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
CONTACT:
Nick Carpenter  651-201-7569
nicholas.carpenter@state.mn.us
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 21, 2014
State Patrol Advises No Travel Throughout Much of Minnesota

​ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota State Patrol is advising no travel throughout much of the state due to snow-and-ice-covered roads. 

Road conditions have prompted all State Patrol command staff to suspend their daily duties and provide assistance on state highways.

“We’re receiving reports from veteran troopers in several areas of the state of conditions that are as bad as they’ve seen in 25 years,” said State Patrol Lt. Col. Matt Langer. “We need motorists to avoid traveling unless it’s absolutely necessary. It is simply too dangerous right now and MnDOT needs room to clear the roads of snow and ice.”

The State Patrol expects road conditions to remain treacherous for the next several days.

Give Snow Plows Room to Work
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has its plows out on state roadways clearing snow and applying sand and salt.

Motorists who need to travel are advised to give plows room to work and to slow down when encountering plows.

Motorists also are reminded that as temperatures drop, ice may form and create slippery spots. Bridges also may become slippery.

HSEM: Prepare Your Winter Weather Emergency Kit

DPS’ Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management urges motorists to create a winter weather emergency kit for their vehicle in case they become stranded. The kit should include:

  • Coffee can and small candles and matches to use to melt snow for drinking water.
  • Brightly colored bandana or cloth to hang from the vehicle window to signal help is needed.
  • Large plastic garbage bags to tie around feet to keep them warm.
  • Safety pins to secure the garbage bags.
  • Whistle to alert authorities.
  • Snacks.
  • Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter.
  • Plastic flashlight and spare batteries.
  • Extra hats, mittens, boots and blankets.

Motorists who are stranded should remain in their vehicle and call 911 for help.

About the Minnesota Department Public Safety
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles: education, enforcement and prevention.

About the Minnesota State Patrol
More than 500 Minnesota State Patrol troopers are the foundation of the agency that works to provide a safe environment on Minnesota’s roads by assisting motorists, taking enforcement action, and educating drivers about traffic safety issues. In addition to road safety activities, troopers conduct flight patrols, search and rescue missions, and assist other law enforcement agencies.

In 1929, the Minnesota Legislature created the Highway Patrol after lawmakers recognized the need for a traffic enforcement agency in response to the boom of automobiles. The first patrol force comprised 35 men. In 1970, the Highway Patrol became a division of the Department of Public Safety, and four years later its official name was changed to the Minnesota State Patrol.

 
 
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