The GA Dept. of Transportation is reminding Georgians to turn off lawn sprinklers for the winter. Sprinklers left on in freezing temperatures contribute to icy road conditions every year.

Dewayne Comer, district engineer at the DOT office in Cartersville, says, “Every year, we see accidents caused by icy spots formed when water from sprinkler systems gets onto the roadway.”

The Georgia DOT urges businesses and residents to ensure that automatic sprinkler systems are properly turned off. Drivers are cautioned to be on the lookout for icy patches or black ice in the early morning hours, especially as sub-freezing temperatures approach most of the week.