On the Beat in Bluffton

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The statistics behind the snow

Wells County received three inches of snow Tuesday, Nov. 29, the most the Fort Wayne area has received this early in the season since 1989. The National Weather Service also reported that from Peru north to Warsaw, seven to 10 inches fell.

The snow caused problems for the Indiana State Police, as indicated by the release sent:

Troopers from the Fort Wayne Post of the Indiana State Police had to contend with the driving behaviors of motorists while making their way through the onslaught of weather that Mother Nature threw their way yesterday.

In a 12-hour period from 2 pm on Tuesday until 2 am on Wednesday, troopers responded to and investigated a total of 16 vehicle crashes, of which nine involved personal injury. None of the nine were reported to have involved serious or life-threatening injuries. A total of 42 vehicle slide offs were also reported and responded to.

The Indiana State Police continues to advise motorists that the weather alone is not responsible for vehicle crashes or slide offs, it is the driving behavior exhibited by motorists that do. Beginning tomorrow, Dec. 1, motorists can visit INDOT’s Traffic Wise website at www.TrafficWise.in.gov or they can call toll free (800) 261-7623 for up-to-date statewide road and weather information.

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