What emergency transportation warnings mean

Thursday, February 4, 2010

After being pummeled with ice and snow over the last few weeks and a major storm heading toward us, it seems a good time to remind people about emergency travel orders.

One of the biggest questions asked, is when a local emergency is declared on county roads, is it still OK to drive to work?

When the county commissioners declare an emergency they have the option of choosing one of four levels.

* A level one emergency restricts travel to emergency personnel only.

* A level two warning means conditions threaten public safety. Only essential traffic is recommended, such as to and from work and for emergency situations. Businesses, schools, government agencies and other organizations should implement their emergency action plans to determine if travel is required.

* A level three watch means routine travel or activities may be restricted in an area because of a hazardous situation. The public should use caution or avoid these areas. Schools and businesses may implement their emergency action plans.

* A level four caution is to be issued when a condition may develop that limits or hinders travel or activities in isolated areas. No travel restrictions are reported but citizens should be alert to changing conditions.

None of the levels carry any penalties. However, police have the discretion of issuing tickets for people who cause traffic hazards by being on the road.

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  • OK so get ready tomorrow "All Roads in Putnam County will be Level 1" - that is one way to excuse themselves from any responsiblity of NOT doing there job.

    -- Posted by AlwaysLearning on Thu, Feb 4, 2010, at 2:18 PM
  • None of the levels carry any penalties. However, police have the discretion of issuing tickets for people who cause traffic hazards by being on the road.

    Kind of a contradiction isn't it?

    -- Posted by exhoosier2 on Thu, Feb 4, 2010, at 3:10 PM
  • What folks should do is use common sense-if you can stay home do so-that way law enforcement and medical personnel can get to jobs where they Or even be

    -- Posted by peace2019 on Thu, Feb 4, 2010, at 6:06 PM
  • amen bam. if you are the one all of the roadway that is a road hazard. In all my years of being a firefighter, i still can't believe all the idiots on the road when a level 1 is issued. people- you all need to use common sense. if you bust your butt getting to your car or can't get out of the driveway.....its simple STAY HOME! The Putnam County firefighters, OL, and PMH don't need to put their lifes in jeopardy if they don't need to.

    -- Posted by FFINALLOFUS on Fri, Feb 5, 2010, at 12:45 PM
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