Working through the snowstorm
February 07, 2018 10:08 PM
The signs are on the roads- try to avoid travel at all costs during extreme weather. The reason for that is not just for your safety but it is so that first responders and city workers can get their jobs done safely and efficiently.
We took a ride with the Saratoga Springs fire department and a DPW driver in the city. The main message they both drove home was to try and do your part in managing the snowfall. If you can, shovel your driveway so it's accessible in case of an emergency. If there's a hydrant in front of your home, the assistant fire chief tells us, "adopt it" pretend like it's your own and clear it off so it's easier for the fire department to access it if they need to.
Also follow alternate side and snow emergency parking rules. Doing that can help crews clean the roads which in turn helps you in the long run.
"We try to get through and get everything done in a timely manner but if you're not getting your car removed it's not going to get done they're supposed to be moved every twelve hours on a snow emergency but if you don't get it moved or somebody parks across and we can't get down the road at all then it makes us look like we're going an inferior job," DPW driver Jerod Delaney said.
Peter Shaw, the Saratoga Springs Assistant Fire Chief added, "It does slow our response time down. It might not slow our trucks down so much but there's a lot more traffic and we have to negotiate through smaller spaces and the cars are closer to the center line because there's less room alongside the road so we do have to take it easy a little bit."
While both Assistant Chief Shaw and Jerod understand that not everyone can afford to take a snow day- if you do have to venture out- take it slow, don't feel forced to speed just because the car behind you is tailgating- change lanes, put your hazards on and take it easy traveling out there.
Created: February 07, 2018 10:08 PM
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