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January 25, 2013

Hey, drivers: Go slow in snow

ANDERSON, Ind. — Most winter drivers know the feeling.

You pull up to a red light and hit the brakes, but the car keeps going, sliding through the slush and into the intersection.

Unless you have an anchor to throw out the driver’s side window, there’s no sure-fire way to stop.

But fear not, terrified drivers — there’s hope.

You can avoid that powerless, oh-my-goodness feeling with a little dose of prevention, said Madison County Emergency Management spokesman Todd Harmeson.

“The most important thing is to slow down,” he said. “Take your time.”

Stopping is much easier when the car is already moving slowly. Much easier.

It’s also important to leave extra distance between your car and other vehicles to avoid accidents, he said. And keep an eye on the forecast,so you can “plan your trips in advance.”

Road condition information is available via your local media, by calling 1-800-261-ROAD, or online at trafficwise.in.gov.

Harmeson said to expect some slick and hazardous conditions in the next few days as snow melts and refreezes. Some especially susceptible areas include intersections and near railroad tracks, bridges and parking lots.

Harmeson said it’s also important to give road work vehicles like snow plows and salt trucks the right of way.

“They’re just trying to do their jobs,” he said.

Indiana State Police in Pendleton advised the snow fall had stopped by Friday afternoon.

At that time, officers in Madison and surrounding counties were working several weather-related accidents, including one on Interstate 69 between the 214 and 222 mile markers, due to bridges icing over.

As of press time Friday, the Madison County Sheriff’s Department had handled 17 accidents where road conditions likely played a part.

Maj. Brian Bell said there were two accidents where people were injured, 12 with damaged property and three more where cars went off the road.

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