Lafayette Police Department said to be extremely cautious on main roads

Police encourage the community to stay off the roads as snowfall continues.

Posted: Jan 12, 2019 8:56 PM
Updated: Jan 12, 2019 11:41 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Police encourage the community to stay off the roads as snowfall continues.

The snow plows have made its rounds but that hasn't stopped Lafayette Police from responding to slide-offs and crashes all day.

“They're doing the best they can but it's still obviously snowing heavily so as they go through an intersection, by the time they get back to it, it's usually snow covered again,” said LPD Officer Lieutenant Scott McCoy.

Lt. McCoy said driving conditions are only going to get worse.

“As it gets colder tonight we can probably expect it to start blowing and it'll start drifting and even in the city here in Lafayette, the roads will become even more treacherous, slick and hard to see,” said McCoy.

Lt. McCoy said busy roads like South Street, State Road 38, Greenbush and Elmwood Avenue are some areas that have seen the most accidents. He said Ferry Street into downtown Lafayette is extremely slick as well.

He encourages the community to not leave home unless absolutely necessary and when on the roads to watch your speed.

“You've got to slow down, give yourself plenty of time for stopping distances. Make sure that your headlights and taillights are cleaned off so that people can see you coming and going and dress for winter,” said McCoy.

With an increase in car crashes and a limited amount of patrol, Lt. McCoy said to be patient as officers responds to accidents.

“A crash report generally lasts about an hour so limited resources to do that, limited dispatching resources to be able to handle the calls coming in,” said McCoy.

LPD has responded to more than 50 crashes and slide-offs and the number continues to increase. The amount of calls per hour have decreased as the snowfall slowed down.

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