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State Police Helping Stranded Drivers, Towing Abandoned Vehicles

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January 7, 2014 by Jerry Howard

Indiana State Police say they answered hundreds of calls to assist drivers due to snow, wind and falling temperatures so far this week.  They’re also watching for abandoned vehicles left on roadways.

ISP says Indiana State Police have answered calls for service throughout Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton, Jasper, Pulaski and Starke Counties for assisting motorists, slide-offs, property damage and personal injury crashes.

ISP says road conditions remain, “extremely hazardous and non-emergency travel is strongly discouraged. Drivers should expect to encounter slick conditions and blowing and drifting snow both on the main line interstates and ramps.  In these subzero temperatures, road salt is not as effective on icy roadways.”

State Police are towing abandoned vehicles that impede the snow removal process on Northwest Indiana roads.  This week, vehicles found along major roadways that could impede snow removal or be a potential traffic hazard are being towed at the owner’s expense.

The Indiana State Police Lowell District says drivers who discover their vehicles were towed can contact Indiana State Police, Lowell Post at (219) 696-6242 or (800) 552-8917.

For road condition updates please call 1-800-261-ROAD or visit http://indot.carsprogram.org/main.jsf.  ISP insists, “Please DO NOT call state, county, local law enforcement or 911 for road and weather information.”  It suggests people use its webpage http://www.in.gov/isp/3096.htm, “This page will flow like a blog with up to date current information and will be operation today.”

 

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