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ND Highway Patrol warns motorists of high wind potential

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Highway Patrol is urging motorists to travel with care Thursday and Friday. High winds are expected across the state, while winter storm conditions are possible in eastern North Dakota.

During inclement weather, high-profile, long-load type, and permitted over-dimensional vehicles have restricted travel, the patrol said in a news release Oct. 26. State law restricts movement for these vehicles when wind or other conditions may cause the vehicle or attachment to swerve, whip, sway, or fail to follow in the path of the towing vehicle.

Federal regulations direct the operators of commercial motor vehicles to reduce speeds when hazardous conditions such as snow, ice, sleet, fog, mist, rain, dust or smoke adversely affect visibility or traction. These same regulations direct CMV drivers to cease operations altogether if conditions become sufficiently dangerous, such as during a no travel advisory.

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