Highway Hotline sees high volume in November

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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Severe weather last month resulted in a surge in Highway Hotline traffic, with hundreds of thousands of motorists using the service in November.

Heavy snow and freezing rain helped increase call volume by 200 per cent to 659,601 inquiries during the month, up from 214,144 a year ago. The 2012 figure includes 112,317 phone calls and 547,284 web visits.

Over the course of November, the Highway Hotline Twitter account saw its followers leap 24 per cent from 3,700 to 4,600. Meanwhile, the Highway Hotline Facebook page recorded a 28 per cent increase in “likes” from 3,200 to 4,112 over the same time period.

Motorists in Saskatchewan can access the latest road conditions by visiting hotline.gov.sk.ca for map and text reports. Recorded reports are available at 787-7623 for the Regina area, 933-8333 for Saskatoon or by dialing toll-free 1-888-335-7623 across Canada.

Road closures and travel not recommended alerts can also be found via Twitter through the account @SKGovHwyHotline.

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Regina, Saskatoon Canada

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