Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Glade Sun

December 27, 2013

Chief’s Report

CROSSVILLE — The following incidents have been documented by the Fairfield Glade Department of Public Safety: No crime reported to Public Safety for the week of Dec. 8 – Dec. 14  

For the week of Dec. 15 – Dec. 21

• Dec. 16   Theft (FedEx and USPS Packages)  Stonehenge Villas

• Dec. 17   Vandalism (Mailbox)  Adler Lane

• Dec. 18   Theft (Trailer with 4-Wheeler)  Rugby Road

• Dec. 20   Theft (Mail)  Snead Drive

• Dec. 21   Theft (Two Flags from a Flag Pole)  Sugarbush Circle

Security Tip

of the Week

The Security Tip of the week is on safe driving in the winter.

The single most important safety tip I can tell you is to reduce your speed when driving on wet, snowy or icy conditions. When the weather conditions are changing, it makes the road conditions unpredictable. Even a four-wheel drive vehicle may not be able to stop any faster, or maintain control any better after the vehicle has lost traction.

Drivers should slow down when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady spots. These are all candidates for developing black ice (a thin coating of clear ice that can form on the pavement surface that may be very difficult to see). Black ice is very dangerous because most of the time your vehicle is on it before you know it. If you know you are on a slick surface, try to avoid excessive actions while steering, braking or accelerating to lessen the chances of losing control of the vehicle.

Try to leave plenty of room between your vehicle and other vehicles that are on the roadway. It takes more time and distance to stop your vehicle in adverse weather conditions. Use your brakes carefully. Brake early, brake slowly, brake correctly and never slam on the brakes on a slick road.

Remember: Winter conditions call for different driving tactics. On a slick road, take it slow-slower speed, slower acceleration, slower steering and slower braking.

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