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Last updated on Friday, December 6, 2013
(UNDATED) - The Lawrence County Commissioners declared Lawrence County a Yellow Travel Status per the Indiana Department of Homeland Security travel map.
Everyone should use caution when traveling in these hazardous conditions.
Elected officials will be monitoring and adjust the status as needed.
In 2011, Indiana lawmakers enacted a law putting the entire state on one system designed by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security on travel advisories.
The new system has three color-coded warning levels each Indiana county can implement when necessary:
Advisory (Yellow) - Routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation. Citizens should use caution or avoid these areas. Schools and businesses may begin to implement their emergency action plans.
Watch (Orange) - Conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. Only essential travel is recommended (i.e., to and from work, emergency situations, etc.). Emergency action plans have been or should now be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies, and other organizations.
Warning (Red) - Travel may be restricted to emergency personnel only. Citizens are directed to refrain from all travel, comply with necessary officials and disaster services forces in executing emergency operation plans, and comply with the directions or properly identified officers. Further and more specific restrictions may be included in the disaster declaration.
Police do have the authority to ticket motorists who are caught driving during a red warning.
You can visit www.in.gov/dhs and click on Indiana County Travel AdvisoryMap to find an updated map showing what travel emergency level each Indiana county is currently under.
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