As temperatures drop, roads could re-freeze and become slick

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Crews have their eyes on the roads overnight, as temperatures drop and re-freezing could cause slick spots.

CBS4 rode with Indiana State Trooper Phil Cooley as the sun set on Tuesday, only mid-way through a long day for him.

"I came on at noon today," Cooley said. "As soon as I marked on, I went to a crash. I took care of that and then went to another."

By nightfall, the roads were clear and back to normal, but the concern became possible re-freezing by Wednesday morning.

INDOT planned to use salt and brine to try and prevent issues, but in a statement said that those were not as effective once temperatures get into the teens.

For that reason, Cooley focused his efforts on stopping drivers exhibiting dangerous habits that could cause issues. He pulled over one woman who cut through a double white line lane to beat traffic.

"When we have snow like this ... it ends up spreading the snow back into the lanes, and so we’ll end up with some more problems because we’re going to get some re-freezing later tonight," Cooley told the driver.

He also helped a woman with a flat tire, who was waiting on the side of I-465 for roadside assistance.

"You’re good here for right now, (but) with the roads the way they are, we will be towing cars tonight," Cooley said. "We’ll be in the area all night, so if you’re here for any length of time, I’m going to come on check on you again."

Cooley, as well as INDOT officials, warned drivers to take it slow overnight and into the morning commute, even if the roads appear clear.

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