Gov. Jack Markell implemented a statewide "Level One Driving Warning" at 8 p.m. Sunday, which encourages motorists to cease any non-emergency travel.
"The storm is getting closer, the roads more dangerous and the need for caution greater. If there's not a critical need for you to be on the roads, stay off of them," Markell said. "I encourage employers to think seriously about following the state's lead and allowing non-essential employees to remain home tomorrow. Emergency personnel are working hard to meet the storm's challenge. Don't give them the extra work of needing to come to your rescue," Markell said.
Governor Markell signed legislation in 2010 giving the state greater flexibility to increase public safety by limiting travel during times of emergency. The three levels are:
· Level One Driving Warning: Drivers are discouraged from operating a motor vehicle on the state's roadways, unless there is a significant safety, health or business reason to do so.
· Level Two Driving Restriction: Travel on the roads is restricted to emergency workers, public utilities, healthcare providers including hospital staff, private sector food and fuel deliveries, and those industries, companies or organization that have been provided a waiver, including businesses with pressing continuity and operational issues.
· Level Three Driving Ban: Complete ban on driving except for first responders, and utility personnel. Businesses and organizations should adjust work schedules so that employees do not need to be on the roads during a Level 3 Driving Ban.
The state will continue to monitor the storm's progress to determine if a heightened driving restriction is required tomorrow afternoon as the storm's center moves closer to Delaware.