LPD has some tips for drivers as the next snow storm hits the area

Lafayette Police want to help make sure you are prepared. There are several steps you can take to get yourself out of a dangerous situation.

Posted: Jan. 18, 2019 7:11 PM
Updated: Jan. 18, 2019 7:18 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - As we head into round two of winter storms for this month, but it's going to be windier and much colder compared to last weekend's storm. Lafayette Police want to help make sure you are prepared. There are several steps you can take to get yourself out of a dangerous situation.

Keep some essentials in your car at all times during winter storms. Blankets, water, and some snacks are helpful if you are in a crash and waiting for assistance.

The national weather service has issued a winter storm warning for our area for Saturday. Lafayette police are asking people to stay inside and not drive if they have to.

LPD is advising people to make sure to clear all car windows, headlights, and taillights of any snow or ice and to slow down.

Sergeant Matt Gard with LPD said driving too fast and too close to other drivers caused many of last weekend's wrecks.
He hopes people in the area have learned fromlast weekend and will be more prepared for tomorrow.

"With the snow and ice especially people with four wheel drive, it gives you a false sense of security," he said. "So if you're going to be out there, you may be able to take off fast but you're not going to be able to stop fast." 

Gard said that if you are able to get yourself out of a situation, it would be a great help to the department. Keep a shovel and some cat litter in your car to help get you out if you get stuck in an unplowed parking lot, ditch, or snow embankment.

"And if you do happen to get into an accident on the roadways, we do ask that if you are able to do so safely, get both of the vehciles or any of the vehicles involved off of the roadway that way we don't have we don't have what we call secondary collisions taking place," he said.

He also advises those who do need police assistant in the event of a wreck should be patient while they wait for help.

If a snow emergency is declared by the city, any vehicle parked on an emergency show route will be towed 12 hours after the emergency is declared. Click here to learn more about parking 

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