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Sheriff asks drivers to leave contact info in stuck vehicles

 

February 14, 2019

Vehicles stuck in snow on road sides can cause issues for snowplows and other traffic. Photo courtesy Whitman County Sheriff's Office.

Whitman County Sheriff's Office has come across a number of vehicles stuck in snowbanks and abandoned along sides of the road after the recent influx of snow. Most often the vehicles are stuck in a drift on unplowed roads.

The sheriff's office has informed citizens that vehicles blocking roadways need to be moved. If the owners cannot be contacted, the vehicle will be towed. In some cases, even if they do contact the owner, the vehicle will be towed. In such cases, having contact information will allow the sheriff's office to get ahold of the owners and let them know where the vehicle ended up.

The sheriff's office asks drivers to leave a note on the dashboard of a stranded vehicle with a name and phone number to contact. Even if a driver plans to make a return to bring back help, the vehicle might be towed before they return.

Deputies find a lot of pickups and four-wheel drive vehicles stuck in drifts.

Locals are reminded that they shouldn't assume they can make it through all drifts, even with four-wheel drive.

 
 

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