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[INDOT-West Central] INDOT Advising Motorists to be Prepared for Winter Weather
Start Date: 11/11/2013 All Day
End Date: 11/11/2013
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 11, 2013

 

INDOT Advising Motorists to be Prepared for Winter Weather

Use Caution As Some Drivers Re-Learn Safe Winter Driving Habits

 

CRAWFORDSVILLE – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is focusing attention on what is likely to be the first statewide winter weather event of the season, and is asking drivers to do the same.

 

INDOT’s drivers are trained and its salt supplies are stocked for winter operations - well in advance of Winter Weather Preparedness Week, which begins November 18.  But the first snow of the season typically brings a higher rate of crashes and slide-offs as some drivers become accustomed to driving in winter weather conditions.  Drivers are asked to promote their own safety and that of others by reducing their speed according to road conditions and increasing the distance between themselves and other vehicles, especially INDOT’s yellow plow trucks.

 

Current forecasts are tracking rain moving into central Indiana, which is predicted to change to snow as temperatures are expected to drop rapidly tonight through tomorrow. INDOT will continue to monitor multiple developing forecasts, as well as a statewide network of road and bridge pavement sensors, to deploy the needed personnel, equipment and materials ahead of the anticipated changes in precipitation and temperatures. INDOT’s top winter priority is snow and ice prevention and removal to ensure its more than 30,000 lane miles of interstates, U.S. highways and state routes are as safe as possible.

 

At this time, INDOT’s Crawfordsville District is scheduling drivers to report at 4:30 p.m. to our Fowler Subdistrict and we will have patrols in our other areas beginning throughout the evening hours to monitor and plow roadways through the Tuesday morning commute hours.

 

Motorists can plan ahead to safely reach their destinations by staying updated on the latest weather and road conditions. Visit www.TrafficWise.IN.gov or dial toll-free 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) for updated Indiana travel information, including road conditions, road closures, construction information, crashes and other traffic alerts. For social media updates during winter weather, visit www.socialmedia.indot.IN.gov to find your regional INDOT district on Facebook and Twitter.

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Location Information:
Montgomery County
Contact Information:
Name: Debbie Calder
Phone: 765-361-5236
Email: dcalder@indot.in.gov
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