TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)- So far the winter of 2014 has brought us snow, ice and rain. On Sunday, roads were still recovering from overnight snow and Saturday’s rain and ice. However, a pleasant site was out- the sun.
“The sun is helping a little bit. But it is also bringing a little bit of confidence to the drivers, causing them to go a little faster and over driving the limits of their vehicles,” Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Daniel McGrew said.
Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s deputies and Indiana State Police still worked several slide-offs throughout Sunday.
Just when the roads may be getting closer to being completely clear, another round of winter weather is headed our way this week.
“What we have seen already this winter we are in no position to let our guard down,” Indiana State Police Sgt. Dave Murray said.
He said the weather could end up restricting travel again. But Murray said when roads are passable, that does not mean drivers are safe to go the speed limit.
Indiana State Police troopers are passing out tickets to people driving too fast for the weather conditions. Murray said in the event of a slide-off the main factor is speed.
“You’re in the ditch and you’re watching hundreds of cars pass,” Murray said. “If it was primarily a weather causation factor, everyone would be going in the ditch.”
It may sound like a broken record, but law enforcement officers continue to stress being patient and cautious on the roads.
“The drivers are ready for the winter to be done,” McGrew said. “They’re tired of the slick roads, the ice build up and the snow. Be patient, take your time. Extend your time limit to get wherever you’re going. Drive slow.”