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Waukesha Sheriff providing road info on Twitter

CREATED Jan 12, 2012

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WAUKESHA - As the first big snowfall of 2012 is expected to come Thursday, officials in Waukesha County are giving people a new way to find road and freeway conditions.

They're using Twitter, through @WaukeshaSheriff, to get the word out.

"One of the things we want to do is push out information, especially during storms, road conditions, if we're having particular issues or if we have to close the roads," said Waukesha County Sheriff's Detective Steve Pederson on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."

He says, however, not to check it if you're behind the wheel, driving through snowy conditions.

Instead, he says to focus on the roads, and focus on going slow.

"The big thing today, especially for the afternoon push home, is to drive defensively, give yourself enough room and be very, very aware of everything that is going on around you," said Pederson.

"It's going to be a slow go.  We all should know that this afternoon.  We've just got to remind ourselves of the fact that it's going to take us a little bit longer to get to our home and our destination."