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Two citations issued during travel ban

The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department issued two citations during the Elkhart County snow emergency.


Posted on Jan. 9, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 9, 2014 at 6:25 p.m.

ELKHART — The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department issued two citations during a two-day travel ban that resulted from a snow emergency.

Sheriff Brad Rogers said in a statement that the sheriff’s department issued a total of seven warnings and two citations during the snow emergency. The citations were issued as a result of crashes.

A snow storm that swept through most of the state and left more than 12 inches of snow in some areas of Elkhart County, made it difficult for road crews to keep up in cleaning the streets.

The county declared an emergency, leading to the ban on all travel starting 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5. The ban was lifted on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

The request was made in an effort to allow road crews a chance to clear roads of snow, which began to drift after nightfall. Some vehicles were becoming stuck in the middle of roads, making snow removal difficult, Rogers said in an interview Monday.

Even with the ban in place Monday morning, county crews pulled about 20 vehicles out of ditches and drifts, Rogers said.

The announcement of the ban received some negative feedback from those who argued they had a right to travel. Many others wondered whether their personal circumstances were considered an emergency when thinking about driving.

Both the county and Elkhart City dispatch centers said they received calls from people asking about the travel ban.

Other counties, including St. Joseph, LaGrange and Kosciusko, also announced travel bans.

Reporter Dan Spalding contributed to this story.



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