Sheriff - Emergency Snow Levels
- Published: Wednesday, 21 August 2013 22:01
- Region: Nathan Simmons
Declaration Of Restricted Road Use
Section 311.07 of the Ohio Revised Code authorized the Sheriff to restrict or close normal vehicular travel, excluding emergency and public safety vehicles, on the County and Township road of Holmes County, Ohio, during times of extreme weather or other emergency situation, so as not to interfere with those work vehicles and crews authorized to combat the emergency and promote public safety.
For a better understanding of the meaning of restricted normal vehicular travel, and emergency road closings, the following guidelines are set by the Sheriff of Holmes County;
LEVEL 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and/or drifting snow. Roads are also icy. Drive very cautiously.
LEVEL 1: Roadways are hazardous due to freezing rain, or sleet. Drive very cautiously.
LEVEL 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and/or drifting snow. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work.
LEVEL 2: Roadways are hazardous due to freezing rain, or sleet and/or ice build-up, possibly covered with snow. Only those who feel it necessary to drive should be out on the roadways. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work.
LEVEL 3: All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be out during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling unnecessarily on the roadways may subject themselves to arrest.
There will be no enforcement with Level 1 or 2, unless that particular situation creates a condition that is unsafe to that vehicle or public travel upon that roadway.
There will be enforcement action taken for unnecessary vehicular travel for those found driving under a Level 3 warning, if that driving creates a safety concern or causes a risk of physical harm to authorized users of the roadway, or impedes the movement of those public safety vehicles needing to be on the roadway to combat the emergency weather conditions or to promote public safety. Persons wishing to practice their religion on their day of worship are not discouraged from doing so, but should take into consideration these warnings are for their safety and that of any emergency vehicle or road crew that may have to respond if a problem arises due to their driving.