Declaration Includes Level 1 Driving Warning; Driving Discouraged and Extra Caution Encouraged
Wilmington, DE – With a severe winter storm generating significant snowfall throughout Delaware, Governor Jack Markell has declared a State of Emergency that includes a statewide “Level 1 Driving Warning,” effective immediately. See text below.
According to state law, a “Level 1 Driving Warning” means that any person operating a motor vehicle when a Level 1 Driving Warning has been activated shall exercise extra caution in the operation of their motor vehicle. Nonessential employees, regardless of whether employed by a public or private entity, are encouraged not to operate a motor vehicle on the State’s roadways when a Level 1 Driving Warning has been activated, unless there is a significant safety, health or business reason to do so.
“We strongly encourage drivers who do not need to travel to delay or refrain from being on the road,” said Governor Markell. ”Conditions have deteriorated, and it is safer not to drive if you don’t have to. DelDOT crews are continuing to work on clearing roads and we will continue to evaluate conditions.”
In addition to instituting a Level 1 Driving Warning, the State of Emergency declaration:
DART has made service changes because of the weather, in its updated schedule.
DECLARATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY
AND LEVEL I DRIVING WARNING
DUE TO A SEVERE WINTER STORM
WHEREAS, a severe winter storm is generating and will continue to generate significant snowfall accumulations in the State of Delaware; and
WHEREAS, the severe winter storm includes heavy snowfall and gusting winds, resulting in significantly decreased visibility, snow drifts and other road hazards that make driving dangerous and creating potentially life-threatening conditions; and
WHEREAS, the predicted weather conditions will likely continue to create dangerous and potentially life-threatening road conditions and may result in additional public safety responses;
NOW THEREFORE, I, JACK A. MARKELL, pursuant to Title 20, Chapter 31 of the Delaware Code, do hereby declare a State of Emergency for the State of Delaware. This State of Emergency will be effective as of January 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. E.S.T., and shall continue until terminated as provided under state law. The nature of the emergency is heavy snowfall and potentially high winds. Along with such other actions authorized by Title 20, Chapter 31 of the Delaware Code, I specifically direct and authorize:
APPROVED this 21st day of January, 2014, at 2:00 p.m.