Hancock County 911 aims to help commuters

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GREENFIELD — Officials with the Hancock County 911 Center are offering drivers a way to stay on top of traffic impacting their commute.

Drivers can opt in to a free text message service where the 911 center will alert them about traffic issues on I-70 inside Hancock County.

Greg Duda, Hancock County 911 Public Information Officer said INDOT has announced a new multi-year project to add new travel lanes on I-70 thru Hancock County and the program will help drivers navigate.

“Our program was wildly successful last year, and we wanted to continue to offer drivers a way to plan a new route in the event there has been accident, or back-ups are worse than normal,” Duda said in a press release.

Commuters can text the word i70HANCOCK to 226787 to get enrolled.

“We had over 2,000 people sign up last season,” Duda said. “The more people that we can notify about an incident can greatly reduce the congestion and backup for everyone’s drive.”

The text alert service is made possible through the Smart911 network. Residents of Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, and Johnson counties can create a free profile to help emergency services and 911 better respond to emergencies. Visit Smart911.com to learn more.

Officials at the 911 center encourage drivers to follow them on Facebook as another way to stay informed on issues affecting commutes.