From 5 p.m. Tuesday
to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Indiana State Police troopers based in Lowell worked 53
property-damage crashes, three personal-injury crashes, and 57 slide-offs.
They also assisted
29 motorists, for a total of 139 calls to service during the time period.
the Lowell District are now clear except for a few isolated slick spots, the
ISP said today, but ramps and shoulders are still snow- and ice-covered.
If you need to
travel during poor or hazardous conditions, here are some points to consider
before leaving on your destination:
* Leave sooner and
expect your travel time to be twice as long as normal.
* Drive slower.
* Increase the
following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you by at least
five times greater than normal.
intersections with great care; other drivers not paying attention will slide
through red lights.
* Signal all lane
changes and turning movements.
“The posted speed
limit may be more than twice as fast as the reduced speed” which drivers
should travel in order to reduce the possibility of a collision, the ISP
If you are involved
in a crash, are uninjured, and all vehicles are drivable, motorists should
move to a safe place completely off the road--be it the next exit or to the
parking lot of a business--to await law enforcement response for a police
report, the ISP added.
“It is important to
remember crashes involving injury or lane blockage receive priority
attention ahead of property damage crashes,” the ISP said. “So keep in mind,
it may be an extended period of time before law enforcement arrives.”
Indiana’s Move Over Law, motorists must change lanes away from the emergency
or utility vehicle if they can do so safely. If not possible to do so,
motorists must slow down and proceed with caution. Please give us room to
in the Move Over Law are police cars, ambulances, fire trucks and rescue
equipment, incident-response vehicles, and tow trucks.
Finally, during a
snow emergency do not call law enforcement agencies to ask about road
conditions. The 911 networks must be kept open for emergency responses.
Citizens calling state police facilities to ask about road conditions will
be told to call the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Road and Weather
automated system at (800) 262-7623 or to visit the INDOT traffic map at