Illinois State Police officials are reminding motorists of potentially dangerous road conditions as hazardous weather conditions continue. Roads throughout Illinois will be icy, and motorists are urged to reduce speeds and drive with caution.
Motorists should monitor road conditions before traveling and remember to keep emergency items inside their vehicles. Speed is a contributing factor for accidents when conditions are wet and slick. Drivers should reduce speeds and allow for extra travel time.
“During these harsh winter weather conditions, we encourage all motorists to be especially careful behind the wheel and to avoid any unnecessary travels,” ISP Lt. Col. Tad Williams said. "The safety of all motorists and first responders is our number one priority and with the motoring public’s assistance, we can help ensure everyone makes it homes safely.”
Illinois State Police also want to remind motorists to yield to emergency and snow removal equipment. It is the law (Scott’s Law) to reduce your speed, change lanes if possible, and proceed with due caution.
Stranded motorists are encouraged to remain inside their vehicles and wait for first responders to arrive. Motorists involved in accidents that do not require emergency care may file an accident report within 10 days at the nearest police station.
Motorists can obtain up-to-date road condition information by contacting the Illinois Department of Transportation at 1-800-452-IDOT (4368) or by visiting www.gettingaroundillinois.com.
Driving safety tips include:
- Always wear your seat belt.
- Be aware of black ice.
- Take your time and slow down when approaching intersections, on and off ramps and bridges.
- Don’t crowd the plow
- Keep your gas tank at least half full in case you become stranded.
- Carry an emergency kit in your vehicle with essential goods, such as a first aid kit, an ice scraper, jumper cables, flares or reflectors, blankets and non-perishable foods.
- Make sure you keep your cellphone charged and have a working cellphone charger in your vehicle.
- Check weather and travel conditions throughout the day by calling (800) 452-IDOT or go to www.gettingaroundillinois.com.
Should you become involved in a crash and your vehicle remains drivable, please move to a safe location and exchange information with all parties involved.