The Georgia Department of Transportation is reminding northeast Georgia residents to turn off sprinkler systems with automatic timers set to run overnight as colder weather settles in.
DOT District Engineer Bayne Smith said that sprinkler systems left on overnight in freezing temperatures can create a hazardous condition for motorists the next morning.
Smith said that every year, the DOT sees accidents caused by icy spots formed when water from sprinkler systems gets onto the roadway.
He explained that spray from the sprinkler is blown onto the road or water drains onto the road; then black ice is formed and ice develops creating a hazard for motorists.
Smith also reminded motorists to be on the lookout for icy patches or black ice, especially early in the morning, whenever temperatures are below freezing.