Mother Nature Keeping INDOT Crews Busy

By Megan Trent

January 20, 2012 Updated Jan 20, 2012 at 8:13 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - For a second day in a row, the snow has kept crews with the Indiana Department of Transportation busy clearing area roadways.

INDOT Spokesperson Toni Mayo says there are 42 vehicles out on area roadways, one for each of the 42 snow routes. Mayo says the men and women who drive the plows and salt trucks are working long hours to keep area highways and interstates as clear as possible for motorists.

According to Mayo, the INDOT sub-districts around northeast Indiana have been in constant contact, relaying current weather conditions and coordinating resources. Department officials are also sure to keep a close eye on changing weather predictions from national and local meteorological resources.

Drivers encountering plows or salt trucks on the road are encouraged to increase their following distance and significantly slow their speed when passing INDOT vehicles. They should also watch for snow, ice, or salt being pushed to either side of plows.

If you are in an accident or slide off the road, however, don't plan on INDOT crews pulling over to help. Mayo says drivers are instructed to call 911 to report any accidents or slide offs they might see while out working, but it would be dangerous and slow down the process of clearing roads if the driver were to pull over.

As always, drivers need to give themselves extra travel time and drive slowly on the snow and ice. Don't crowd other vehicles on area roadways, and make sure your car battery is fully charged.

To track current weather conditions from home before you begin your journey, go to INDOT'S Cars Program website located at http://indot.carsprogram.org/main.jsf

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