Newfoundland improves winter-driving info

ST. JOHN’S, Nfld. — As part of its winter-driving safety campaign, Newfoundland transport officials unveiled a Web site and a 1-900 telephone number to deliver reports about road and weather conditions.

The daily report on the Internet covers the major arteries in all regions of the province. It is prepared early each morning on business days, Monday through Friday, and is usually available after 8:30 a.m. Further updates are made during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. NST)

The phone hotline — 1-900-451-3300 — is in service 24 hours a day. Callers will be billed 75 cents for each call.

“We also ask that drivers be patient,” said Lloyd Matthews, Minister of Works, Services, and Transportation. “We know that this winter there will be times when the roads will be icy and roads blocked due to heavy snowfall, regardless of the amount of equipment or crews assigned to a particular area.

“The Department of Works, Services and Transportation does its best to ensure the province’s roads are safe in winter. I take this opportunity to remind motorists that they must do their part, too.”

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