A new code of storm-related driving restrictions is implemented for the first time.
The laws were revised after a series of severe snowstorms last winter resulted in many cars being stranded, often impeding efforts to plow the roads or get emergency personnel to where they need to go. The limited state of emergency Governor Markell declared in Kent and Sussex counties earlier this week discouraged drivers from being on the roads unless necessary for “a significant safety, health or business reason.” Drivers could have received a warning under the Level 1 Driving Warning designation.
Delaware has a three-level system of laws that govern driving during weather emergencies. They can be put into effect by the Governor during a State of Emergency for all or parts of the state based on conditions.