Saturday, February 6, 2010

Butler County Issues Level 2 Snow Emergency

Butler County Roads are Dangerous

"If you don't have to be out on the roadway stay home," Sergeant James Russel, of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, told WCPO on Saturday, February 6th.

Butler County has issued a Level 2 Snow Emergency, which means drivers should only drive if absolutely necessary, while neighboring Warren County issued a Level 1 Snow Emergency, which alerts drivers to snow and wind affecting the roads. Visibility today was only about 3/4 mile.

But despite the warnings and dangerous conditions, several drivers are still attempting to get out on the snow-covered roads. Between Cincinnati and Dayton, I-75 speeds were about 35 miles per hour and a number of crashes and vehicles in ditches or running off the roadways have been reported.

Russel, who was at the Highway Patrol Post on Route 4 told a reporter, "We're getting reports of crashes all over or post area today. Since I came out at six this morning, troopers have been constantly running from crash to crash."

Government officials have said that a number of crashes are being caused by drivers who are driving far too fast for the current weather conditions and they are cautioning people to slow down, or better yet, stay home and off the roads until conditions improve.

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