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Indiana Standardizes Travel Advisory System

Last updated on Tuesday, September 13, 2011

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indiana has standardized its travel-advisory system.

In years past, a travel emergency in some counties meant you'd get a ticket if you were on the roads. In other counties, it meant you could still go to and from work.

Arvin Copeland with Indiana'S Department of Homeland Security says most counties handled things the same way, but there were just enough differences to cause occasional confusion.

State law now dictates three advisory levels that will mean the same thing statewide: an "advisory" means to use caution, while a "watch" recommends limiting yourself to essential travel.

A "warning" means to stay off the roads, and comes only after a local disaster declaration. Copeland says local emergency officials will decide when to issue advisories.

Those advisories will be immediately posted both on local and state websites.

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