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Winter PSA Descriptions
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Listed below are running times and scripts for six Winter Driving Safety radio public service announcements (PSA). The six Winter Driving Safety radio PSAs are all recorded as one continuous audio file, with each one approximately 30 or 60 seconds long. Beginning and ending time codes are listed below. The full scripts for each PSA follow below.
 

Time Code  LengthMessage
 0-30 30 sec. Chaining Up 
 31-1:31 60 sec. Driving Behind Snow Plows
 1:32-2:32 60 sec. Winter Vehicle Check
 2:33-3:03 30 sec. Adjust Driving in Winter
 3:04-4:02 58 sec. Black Ice Safety
 4:03-4:34 31 sec. Trip Check on the Web
          

Chaining Up
 
(Approx. 30 seconds – time code 0-30)
 
If you travel very far in Oregon, you will likely cross mountain passes.
 
And in winter, chains or traction tires may be required.
 
Hi, this is Peter Murphy with the Oregon Dept. of Transportation and Senior Trooper Peggy Bishop with the Oregon State Police reminding winter travelers to make sure you have the proper chains for your vehicle.
 
If you’re unfamiliar with installing chains, practice putting them on in your driveway.
   
And when bad weather hits, pull over and install the chains before you get stuck. It just may save your life.
 
A message from the Oregon Dept. of Transportation and the Oregon State Police.
 

Driving Behind Snow Plows
 
(Approx. 60 seconds – time code 31-1:31)
 
Snow and ice mean maintenance crews will be on the road with snowplows, snow blowers and sanding trucks. Hello, this is Peter Murphy from Oregon Dept. of Transportation and Senior Trooper Hite with the Oregon State Police with a few safe-driving tips when traveling near winter maintenance equipment.
 
A snow plow drivers’ visibility may be limited due to blowing snow around the truck. Traveling 40 miles-per-hour in icy conditions you should be at least a dozen car lengths behind the vehicle in front of you.
 
On some highways, two or more snow plows may be staggered across multiple lanes with the plow in front pushing snow towards the plows behind. This is an effective way to quickly clear wide areas so be sure to stay behind these plowing operations and don’t try to pass.
 
Remember that the road surface ahead of the plow hasn’t been plowed yet, so slow down and be patient. The plows will eventually pull over and let you pass safely.
 
Never pass a snowplow on the right. In addition to being illegal, it is dangerous.
 
This winter, remember to slow down, buckle up and arrive alive. 

Winter Vehicle Check
 
(Approx. 60 seconds – time code 1:32-2:32)
 
Are you ready for winter diving?
 
Hello, this is Senior Trooper Hite with the Oregon State Police and Peter Murphy with the Oregon Dept. of Transportation reminding motorists to be prepared for winter travel. Here is a quick vehicle checklist before heading out…
 
Inspect windshield wipers and washer fluid levels.
 
Make sure your tires are properly inflated, including the spare. And don’t forget those tire chains.
 
Check the anti-freeze level, and make sure your lights, heater and defroster are all working properly. 
 
In addition, you should also have a good highway map, an ice scraper, battery booster cables, road flares, vehicle jack and a basic tool kit .
 
A small shovel and a bag of cat litter or sand will be helpful, if you get stuck.
 
Don’t forget extra clothing, a blanket and flashlight with extra batteries, along with snack food and water.
 
And, if you have a cell phone, remember to fully charge the batteries before the trip.
 
This winter, be prepared and be safe.
 
A message from the Oregon Dept. of Transportation and the Oregon State Police.

Adjust Driving in Winter
 
(Approx. 30 seconds – time code 2:33-3:03)
 
Hello, this is Peter Murphy with the Oregon Department of Transportation and Senior Trooper Hite with the Oregon State Police reminding motorists of these winter driving safety tips.
 
If you lose traction and your vehicle feels like it's floating, gradually slow down. Don't slam on the brakes.
 
Use caution when driving on bridges and shaded areas as they can be icy even when the rest of the road is not.
 
NEVER use cruise control when snow or ice may be present.
 
Adjust your driving habits and arrive alive.

Black Ice Safety
 
(approx. 58 seconds time code 3:04-4:02)
 
Black ice and slick roads are major contributors to vehicle crashes. However you can avoid a mishap by slowing down and driving according to the conditions of the road.
 
Hi, this is Senior Trooper Peggy Bishop with the Oregon State Police and Peter Murphy with the Oregon Dept. of Transportation reminding motorists to pay extra attention when driving in winter conditions.
 
If you see a change in the color of the pavement surface, or if the road surface is wet and all of sudden looks dry — it could be black ice. Sparkling pavement is another sign that ice or frost is on the road. If you encounter these conditions, SLOW DOWN.
 
The best way to deal with ice is to anticipate where you might encounter it, such as along shaded areas and bridges. Ice on straight stretches of road is particularly hazardous, because drivers tend to travel faster when the road is straight.
 
Don’t let ice and slippery road conditions result in tragedy. Adjust your driving habits, slow down and turn off your cruise control.
 
Drive with caution and arrive alive. 
 
A message from the Oregon Dept. of Transportation and the Oregon State Police.

Tripcheck.com
 
(Approx. 31 seconds – Time code 4:03-4:34)
 
When planning a road trip this winter, the Oregon Department of Transportation reminds you to visit the award winning web site, tripcheck.com, where you can find road and weather conditions, information on traffic delays and links to roadside cameras throughout the state.
 
That’s www.Tripcheck.com.
 
TripCheck.com also has information on traction tires, chain laws and traveler services.
 
That’s www.Tripcheck.com.
 
This message brought to you by the Oregon Department of Transportation.