Shawnee County returned to normal accident reporting as of 10 a.m. January 13. The original release is below.

The Shawnee County Sheriff’s office has implemented phase III accident reporting as of 20:30 January 11th , 2019.

During Phase III reporting, the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office will respond and investigate only those accidents listed below:

Injury, possible injury or death to any person
Possible impairment of a driver due to drugs or alcohol
Incidents of hit and run
Incidents where there is a disturbance between the parties involved
Any hazardous material situation.
When the accident results in major traffic congestion.
And when there is damage to a vehicle to the extent that towing is

All other accidents will be referred to the front desk during standard business hours (785-251-2200) or at the earliest convenience of the involved parties.

During inclement weather the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office strongly discourages any non-essential travel. Please do not attempt to drive if you do not absolutely have to. If driving is absolutely necessary, ensure yourself safer travels by following these driving tips:

Slow down! For wet, snowy, icy conditions.
Avoid quick braking or acceleration.
Find out about driving conditions before you go.
Every time – buckle up!
Turn signals, brake lights and windows need to be clear of snow.
You should never use cruise control in winter weather conditions.