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[ISP] Don't Travel During Winter Storm/Unless Absolutely Necessary
Start Date: 3/5/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 3/5/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
Entry Description

Many counties in north central Indiana are under a winter storm warning. Forecasters from the National Weather Service are predicting heavy snowfall with accumulation of up to seven inches. This can cause visibility to be reduced and road conditions to change quickly. To help Hoosiers prepare for this winter weather the Indiana State Police offers the following tips.

Be prepared:
•Do not travel during a winter storm unless absolutely necessary. Wait for road and weather conditions to improve.
•Before traveling, check the forecast and let someone know your travel route.
•Keep your gas tank at least half-full.
•Carry a winter driving kit that should include blankets, flashlight, extra batteries, a brightly colored cloth, sand (or cat litter), shovel, candle, matches, non-perishable high calorie food, first aid kit, and jumper cables.
•Have a cell phone and charger cord available.
•Slow down on snow/ice covered roads.
•Allow extra time to arrive at your destination.
•Clear all vehicle windows of ice and snow. Remove snow from hood, roof, and lights.
•Use extra caution when driving across bridges, underpasses, shaded areas and intersections where ice is slow to melt.
•Avoid abrupt stops and starts. Slow down gradually.

If you become stranded.
•Don’t leave your car. It’s the best protection you have.
•Hang a brightly colored cloth out of a vehicle window or tie it to your antenna for increased visibility.
•Keep the exhaust pipe free of blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
•Don’t panic. An idling car uses less than one gallon of gas per hour.

For Indiana road conditions call 1- 800-261-7623, or visit the Indiana Department of Transportation’s website at www.trafficwise.in.gov.

Please do not call dispatch centers for road conditions. Telecommunications operators will be extremely busy dispatching equipment and personnel to motorists requiring emergency assistance.

Contact Information:
Name: Sergeant Tony Slocum
Phone: 800-382-0689
Email: tslocum@isp.in.gov
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