Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

When trav­el­ling in wet weather take steps to de­crease the risk of be­ing in­volved in a se­ri­ous traf­fic crash or get­ting stuck or washed away in flood wa­ter. Mo­torists should de­crease speed, in­crease brak­ing dis­tance and al­low ex­tra time to get to des­ti­na­tions dur­ing bad weather. Driv­ing with head­lights on im­proves vis­i­bil­ity in wet con­di­tions, and al­ways make sure to check the road for ex­cess wa­ter. Never drive on a flooded road, as flood­wa­ters are un­pre­dictable and dan­ger­ous - it is not worth risk­ing your life or that of loved ones. Be mind­ful of road de­te­ri­o­ra­tion as pot­holes can ap­pear within a few hours and they may not have been there when you ini­tially trav­elled along that road. Avoid driv­ing, walk­ing or wad­ing in flooded ar­eas. There may be fallen power lines and float­ing ob­jects. Fol­low road flood­ing signs. If your ve­hi­cle be­comes stranded in flood wa­ter, leave it and move to higher ground im­me­di­ately. Fol­low ad­vice given by po­lice or fire­fight­ers if roads are closed. Stay tuned to lo­cal ra­dio for up­dates on flood con­di­tions, or visit the De­part­ment for Trans­port and Main Roads web­site qld­traf­ or call them on 131 940. Never at­tempt to cross a flooded road, not only are you plac­ing your­self in dan­ger but also the lives of those who may need to come to your res­cue.

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