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One advantage of heavy snows: Fewer DWI charges likely

Dutchess County has had more than its fair share of snow this winter. The latest round over the past few days is said to have dumped as much as 20 inches on the region.

While the onslaught has been a major headache on many levels, there's possibly one area in which it's been a boon. With fewer people being able to drive, chances are good that fewer people have been charged with drunk driving.

It's possible many people haven't even been able to get to their cars, much less take to the road. According to officials, highway crews have been working overtime trying to get roads cleared. 

By this time, we suspect that residents are aware of the precautions they should be taking. But just in case, we feel obliged to share out some of the tips local officials feel are important.

For snow shovelers, officials note the following tips to reduce the risk of possible heart attack. Push snow, avoid lifting it. If you have to lift, use your legs, not your back. Dress warm and work slow. Stay hydrated and if you feel one or more signs of heart trouble, call 911.

If clearing the roof is on the list of to-dos, officials work from the ground using the right tools. Don't do the job alone if at all possible. Avoid contact with electrical wires. Be sure you know where the snow will fall before you begin.

Before you take to the road, the emphasis is on visibility. Vehicles should be cleared of all loose snow so it doesn't create mini white outs for other drivers as it blows off. Keep more distance than usual between you and other vehicles to facilitate safe stopping. And be extra careful approaching driveways and intersections where snow may be blocking visibility.

Let's stay safe.

Source: Hudson Valley Reporter, "Dutchess County Digs Out From Snow; Public Works Dept. Offers Safety Tips," Bob Dumas, Feb. 14, 2014

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