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Swikar Patel / The Journal Gazette
Evaristo Turnbull rides his bicycle down Superior Street on Monday afternoon on his way to the Rescue Mission to grab a meal.

Travel ‘hazardous' in northeast Indiana, state police say

Indiana State Police in Fort Wayne issued this statement Monday:

Troopers from the Indiana State Police post were busy throughout the day today as motorists tried to navigate through the overnight freezing rain that eventually turned into a snowfall with significant accumulation all around the District’s 11 county coverage area.

From midnight until approximately 6:00 pm, Troopers responded to, and investigated a total of 26 vehicle crashes and 35 slide offs. Six of the crashes were personal injury, though none involved life threatening injuries. The vast majority of these crashes were due to driver behavior, whether it was speed too fast for the weather conditions, unsafe lane movement or following too closely.

Fort Wayne District Commander, Lieutenant Tony Casto continues to reiterate to the motoring public “that it is driving behavior, primarily unsafe speed, during the winter months that are the primary causes of the crashes and slide offs that we respond to”. He also reminds the public of the following safety tips:

Drive according to road conditions:

  • Allow extra time to get to your destination.
  • Clear all windows of ice and snow and remove snow from hood, roof, head lights and tail lights.
  • Beware of bridges, underpasses, shaded areas and intersections where ice is slow to melt.
  • Slow down to increase traction; don’t use cruise control on slick roads.
  • Avoid abrupt stops and starts, slow down gradually and keep wheels turning to avoid losing traction.
  • Use low beam headlights to decrease glare from ice.
For Indiana road conditions between December 1st and March 31st, call 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or visit INDOT’s website at www.TrafficWise.in.gov .

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