Travel Alert information
Stay on top of travel alerts and driving conditions as weather moves in.
Advisory: The lowest level of local travel advisory, means that routine travel or activities may be restricted.
Watch: Means that conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. During a “watch” local travel advisory, limit to essential travel, such as to work or stores to get needed items.
Warning: The highest level of local travel advisory, means that travel may be restricted to emergency management workers only. Stay off the roads to keep you and your family safe.
Ohio has a similar system in place, just a different naming convention. Level 1 would be the same as a Travel Advisory. Level 2, the same as a Travel Watch. Level 3 is the same as a Travel Warning, meaning travel may be restricted to emergency personnel.
For the complete, up-to-date list of Indiana travel alerts, go to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s web site.
Ohio residents can stay up-to-date on conditions in their state on the Ohio Department of Transportation site. Ohioans may also want to check their county’s Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page as updates are also sometimes posted there:
- Defiance County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page.
- Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page.
- Williams County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page.
- Van Wert County EMA
- Mercer Sheriff’s Facebook Page
Drive Safely, Check the Conditions
Make sure to adjust your driving and your speed according to the driving conditions. Slow down and increase the distance between your car and those in front of you. Approach all intersections carefully in case other drivers slide through red lights.
Do NOT call law enforcement for road and weather updates. INDOT has several ways for drivers to check conditions before they head out on the road:
- Visit http://www.trafficwise.in.gov.
- Call toll-free: 800-261-ROAD (7623) for INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service.
- Visit Indiana Department of Transportation: Northeast Facebook.
- Follow @INDOTNortheast on Twitter.
- See also | WANE’s Traffic Tracker.
Ohio residents can stay on top of traffic at the following sites:
Indiana State Police advise that drivers may need to drive at half the posted speed limit to be safe. ISP states in a release that “[m]otorists losing control of their vehicle or who are involved in a crash resulting in a police report should expect to be cited for this offense, which carries a maximum fine of $500.”