Statement issued by the Indiana State Police:
Fort Wayne - As we prepare for the winter weather here in northeast Indiana, the Indiana State Police would like to remind motorists that from time to time, it becomes necessary for Troopers to have vehicles that are left abandoned along the roadways removed.
During times of inclement or severe winter weather, especially when snow removal equipment are operating to clear the roadways, vehicles that have been abandoned for a period of 24 hours, that are impeding the safety of other motorists or that are impeding the snow removal efforts of highway crews will be removed immediately by the State Police with the assistance of local towing services.
Indiana’s abandoned vehicle law, which was amended on July 1, 2009, defines what constitutes an abandoned vehicle.
IC 9-13-2-1 (Abandoned vehicle) Section. 1. "Abandoned vehicle" means the following: (1) A vehicle located on public property illegally. (2) A vehicle left on public property without being moved for twenty-four (24) hours. (3) A vehicle located on public property in such a manner as to constitute a hazard or obstruction to the movement of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on a public right-of-way.
The Indiana State Police strives to provide the most professional, effective and courteous law enforcement service possible at all times and with every endeavor, with the protection of life and property as its primary focus.