Local and county law enforcement and other emergency responding units were busy Thursday after being dispatched to a number of slide off and minor injury accidents. Blistery conditions and blowing snow kept county and state highway departments additionally busy in an effort to keeping roads clear.
Motorist quickly reacquainted themselves with winter driving as multiple inches of snow greeted those returning to work following the New Year holiday.
A second wave of winter weather is expected to arrive in the coming days, with the possibility of additional snow in the forecast. A cold front is expected to arrive early next week, with subfreezing temperatures with highs temperatures in the single digits to low teens.
Motorist should make sure their vehicles are winterized, by making sure vehicle radiators are filled with anti-freeze, windshield cleaner reserves tanks should also be kept full and gas tanks at least half-full. Motorist should also recheck the vehicle emergency kit that includes; a flashlight, additional clothing, gloves, water and non-perishable food and a blanket.
Law enforcement personnel are quick to add that as road conditions diminish, driving habits should be adjusted. Some helpful suggestions are:
- Allow additional time for arrival.
- Keep extra distance between your vehicle and those in front of you.
- Reduce your driving speed. Posted speed limits are for optimum driving conditions.
- Prior to leaving make sure you have an emergency kit inside the vehicle that includes; a flashlight, additional clothing, gloves, water and non-perishable food and a blanket.
- Be sure to take your cell phone and make sure the phone is fully charged.
- Properly wear seatbelts and make sure that children are properly restrained in their booster or car seats.
Rush County residents are encouraged to visit www.rushcounty.in.gov. A statewide map of advisory levels is available there.
Visitors to the site can click on Rush County Travel Status Map and the most current IDHS travel map will be displayed.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.