Planning on traveling? The most up-to-date information on road conditions and how they will affect your travel is available on the Indiana Department of Homeland Security website, www.in.gov/dhs. The Indiana county travel advisory map utilizes the following color-coded system:
White (caution) – A condition might develop that limits or hinders travel or activities in isolated areas. No travel restrictions have been placed in effect by county officials at this level, but citizens should be alert to changing conditions. Light snowfall is one example that would fall under this level.
Yellow (advisory) – Routine travel or activities might be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation. Citizens should use caution or avoid these areas. Schools and businesses should begin to implement their emergency action plans. Several inches of snow or icy conditions can raise the advisory level from white to yellow.
Orange (watch) – Conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. Only essential travel is recommended. Hancock County quickly reached this level Wednesday.
Red (warning) – Travel could be restricted to emergency personnel only. Citizens are directed to refrain from all travel. A snow emergency could be declared at this level. Those who venture out during “red” conditions face the following risks: a $50 fine for a vehicle abandoned (because it became stuck in the snow, for example); all costs associated with towing an abandoned vehicle; all costs associated with repair if a vehicle is pushed off the side of the road by a plow.