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Late start safer for studentsPosted Tuesday, January 22, 2008, at 7:49 AM
Should school have been delayed this morning?
Put yourself in school officials' shoes. A winter winter advisory's in effect until noon for a mix of freezing rain and sleet changing to all rain by mid-morning with afternoon highs in the 40s. Termperatures are hovering near the freezing mark.
Roads in Shelbyville are just wet about 5:30 p.m., with a few icy spots in driveways.
And a choice has to be made.
By 5:45 law enforcement has had one report of an ice-caused accident on Sims Road west of Shelbyville. A deputy on the scene is asking a dispatcher to notify School Superintendent Ed Gray and the county school bus garage of road conditions.
Before 7 we're receiving reports at the T-G newsroom of multiple icy spots on Warners Bridge Road. At 7:40 we're hearing a report of a vehicle off the road on Highway 130 West between Pleasant Grove and Richmond, and another report that Warners Bridge Road was "covered" with ice.
And between 6:30-8 a.m. we hear two reports of accidents on Coop Road near Deason, one a rollover, with emergency personnel reporting "slick" conditions.
Those who decide on school openings or closings have tough choices to make in iffy conditions. But it seems that delaying school openings by one or two hours would have been a safe choice.
Backing the dispatcher: Another accident was being investigated early this morning on Arnold Road, the hilly road north of Shelbyville. The wreck was initially dispatched per the caller's information as Arnold "Lane", a road just east of Shelbyville. A deputy asked the dispatcher to clarify the location. The dispatcher contacted the caller to verify the location and it was Arnold Road.
The com center's taken some hits lately, but this morning was a prime example of callers misidentifying locations due to too many roads with similar names. Dispatchers obviously have it rough sometimes trying to clarify information from excited, and sometimes confused, callers. They're not always to blame for misinformation.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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