significant snowfall predicted this week
Winter storm brings beauty, hazard
snow on Friday, February 5 brought beauty to Ripley County, but
not without trouble for some motorists.
According to information from Sergeant Noel Houze of the Indiana
State Police, troopers from the Versailles District kept busy
over the weekend as a result of the storm that dumped up to six
inches in places.
Sgt. Houze noted that during a 24-hour period, troopers investigated
ten property damage crashes and one minor personal injury crash.
They also responded to 22 reported slide-offs. This was the state
police alone and did not include the numerous accidents and slide-offs
investigated by other law enforcement agencies throughout the
State police say most of the crashes they investigated were the
results of motorists driving too fast for the slick and hazardous
Ripley County Commissioners declared the county a Level Two emergency
meaning road conditions had become dangerous to routine traffic.
At this level only travel that is necessary is permitted.
With another storm forecasted for today and into the day on Wednesday,
police remind motorists to avoid unnecessary travel. If you must
travel, Indiana State Police give these tips: reduce your speed
and increase the following distance between your vehicle and the
vehicle ahead of you, leave early for your destination and be
sure to buckle up.
For information on road conditions tune in to your local radio
or television stations or visit the Indiana Department of Transportation
website at www.TrafficWise.in.gov or call the 24 hour road and
weather line at 1-800-261-7623. People are asked not to call state,
county, or local police dispatch centers to get road and weather
updates as these lines should be kept open for emergency calls.