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Driving Strongly Discouraged in Maryland

State police urge motorists to stay off the roads as much as possible.

Although Maryland State Police is not handing out citations for being on the road, they are strongly discouraging residents from driving.

State police spokesperson Greg Shipley warned residents that increasing amount of standing water is a significant hazard to drivers because of the high risk for vehicles to hydroplane.  “People don’t realize that you don’t have to be going that fast on the road to hydroplane,” he said.

Hydroplaning is caused by water being pushed up to the tires and creating a barrier of water, which decreases tire traction and inhibits drivers’ ability to safely steer their vehicles. Basically, Shipley added, the vehicle will be traveling on top of water.

Drivers could also run into other hazards like downed trees and powers lines as the wind speed continues to pick up. Traveling at night will be even more dangerous as debris and standing water becomes less visible.

 The governor has recently closed Hatem Bridge and Bay Bridge. Tydings Memorial Bridge remains open but will likely be closed soon. Wind restrictions are in effect, which means that while tractor trailers or box trucks are allowed to travel, drivers operating small vehicles are urged to use extreme caution.

Residents are encouraged to check in to the Maryland Emergency Management Agency website, 511md.org and roads.maryland.gov  for updates.

Tim October 29, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Please. Companies/businesses don't care about you. They care about money, nothing more, nothing less. If it weren't for Unions and government regulation, this country would be like other third world countries - slave labor. There's a reason companies outsource our jobs. I love how Republicans insist to a fault that businesses are 'job creators'. LOL, yeah, for South and East Asia!
Edie McGee October 30, 2012 at 05:39 AM
I so agree. I'm a fed and we're expected to telecommute in situations like this. Of course, that's not possible in every job, but in a lot of the private sector, managers are control freaks and don't do what's sensible and safe.
Joe October 30, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Such a false generalization Tim. A family owned business with a few dozen employees would not be in business long if they did not care about their employees. Turnover is a killer and not caring means high turnover.
Joe October 30, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Screw that. Many have to get to work. If not for the business but to continue to pay their bills.
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