With the high number of local travel advisories that have been issued during this harsh winter, many people are left wondering how these travel advisories can affect them, their plans, and even their ability to go to work. During a “warning” level travel advisory, travel may be restricted to emergency management workers only, directing individuals to refrain from all travel, comply with necessary emergency measures, cooperate with public officials and disaster services forces in executing emergency operations plans, and obey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers.
These “warning” level travel advisories have been issued numerous times already this winter, with potential fines announced for those caught out on the roads during periods of restricted travel. However, many employers are still open during these events, forcing people to go to work despite the travel restrictions.
Fortunately, tickets are rarely, if ever, issued for those who are out driving for a legitimate reason, such as to get to work or get emergency supplies from the store. Those caught “joyriding,” or who get stuck and become a traffic hazard, will be responsible for any damages or expenses associated with the removal of their vehicle and any potential fines for violating the travel restriction.
For more information on travel advisories, or for proof that your county has undergone a “warning” level travel advisory or otherwise, visit http://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory/.