02/03/11 The Marshall County Board of Commissioners and Mayor Mark Senter with the City of Plymouth have determined that weather and road conditions have improved enough to lift the Level 1 Emergency Declaration that has been in place since 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Level 1 Emergency Declaration will no longer be in effect beginning at 6 a.m. on Thursday, February 3, 2011.
However, the Commissioners, and Mayor Senter, have decided to keep the Level 2 – Warning Travel Advisory that was issued on February 1, 2011 at 1 p.m. in effect for now. A Level 2 Warning Travel Advisory means that conditions are threatening to the safety of the public and only essential travel is recommended (i.e. to and from work, emergency situations, etc.). Local businesses, schools, government agencies and other organizations should implement their emergency action plans.
When a Level 2 – Warning Travel Advisory is issued, such order includes that:
1. The risk of travel on county roads is upon the person traveling upon such road or roads; and
2. The driver or person in charge of a vehicle, whether or not stalled, that impedes, obstructs, prohibits, impairs, or interferes with highway snow removal crews or emergency personnel and vehicles responding to an emergency may be directed to remove the vehicle from the county road; and
3. A person who stops, parks or leaves a vehicle shall leave sufficient unobstructed width of the roadway opposite the vehicle for the free passage of other vehicles and a clear view of the stopped vehicle from a distance of two hundred (200) feet in either direction (I.C. 9-21-16-2); and
4. It is unlawful for a person to knowingly fail to comply with a lawful order or direction of a law enforcement officer invested by law with authority to direct, control or regulate traffic (I.C. 9-21-8-1).
The Commissioners would like to remind everyone to follow good safety practices when driving in the winter by always wearing your seat belt, reducing your speed, and avoiding distractions like texting or talking on a cell phone.
For additional information you can contact the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency at 936-3740.