Washington State Patrol Is Asking Drivers to Slow down – Turn Lights On!
The Washington State Patrol is asking drivers to slow down and drive with their headlights on.
It looks scary out there, like a Mad Max Movie. One thing is for sure, with all the smoke, dust, and ash in the air, visibility along the highways is bad. The Washington State Patrol is reminding drivers to slow down and turn their headlights on.
Trooper Sarah Clasen in a statement to KEPR said that she drove to the Oregon border and back and Highway 395 is blanketed all the way.
Clasen says she's seeing way too many reckless drivers on the roadway and cautions drivers to slow down and turn their lights on.
According to the National Weather Service, We are still under an Air Quality Alert and might not see the dust and smoke move out until late Monday. Here is what the National Weather Service is saying:
...DENSE SMOKE ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PDT MONDAY... WHAT...Visibility of 1/4 mile or less at times in dense smoke. Low visibilities are likely to continue through the first of the week in many locations. WHERE...A large portion of central and eastern Oregon and portions of south-central and southeast Washington, including but not limited to Bend, Redmond, the Dalles, Hermiston, Pendleton, Tri- Cities and Walla-Walla. WHEN...Until noon PDT Monday. IMPACTS...Hazardous driving conditions due to low visibility. ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Unhealthy air quality is also expected due to the dense smoke through Monday. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Persons with respiratory illnesses should remain indoors to avoid inhaling smoke. If driving, slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you.
If you are on the roadways today and tomorrow, make sure you give yourself enough time and enough space between vehicles when driving and of course, keep your headlights on.