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ISP Road Condition Phone Numbers & Winter Driving Safety Tips

Press Release Date: November 12, 2003    || Archived March 30, 2004

SPRINGFIELD, IL - The Illinois State Police (ISP) is reminding motorists that winter driving can be hazardous, especially in regions of the state which normally receive significant snowfall. Wet weather, when compounded with cold temperatures and snow, can make driving difficult.

"Motorists can reach their destination safely this winter by making sure their vehicle is in good mechanical condition, always driving defensively, and obeying Illinois' occupant restraint laws," said ISP Director Larry G. Trent.

Drivers are reminded to follow these tips for a safe winter:

  • Always keep the gas tank topped off. Gas tanks should always be topped off; never going below a half a tank.
  • Dress for the weather, not your destination. Business attire may be appropriate for the office but not best suited for unexpected winter weather emergencies.
  • Do not travel unless absolutely necessary. If you do have to make the trip, ensure someone is aware of your route of travel.
  • In case there are weather delays, carry a cellular phone for notifying those expecting your arrival or in case of emergencies.
  • Always buckle-up. Your seat belt can be the best protection against drivers who are tense or distracted due to the weather conditions.

The following ISP road condition phone numbers are operational from November 15 thru March 31, and are updated daily.

District 1 Sterling 815/632-4032
District 2 Elgin 847/931-2395
District Chicago 847/294-4701
District 5 Joliet 815/727-5471
District 6 Pontiac 815/844-1500
District 7 East Moline 309/755-7011
District 8 Peoria 309/673-8245
District 9 Springfield 217/786-7610
District 10 Pesotum 217/265-0050
District 11 Collinsville 618/346-3636
District 12 Effingham 217/347-2719
District 13 DuQuoin 618/542-8432
District 14 Macomb 309/833-4613
District 15 Oak Brook 800/865-5394 (toll roads)
District 16 Pecatonica 815/962-7051
District 17 LaSalle 815/224-3030
District 18 Litchfield 217/324-3100
District 19 Carmi 618/382-8878
District 20 Pittsfield 217/285-5445
District 21 Ashkum 815/698-2112
District 22 Ullin 618/845-3744
IDOT Hot Line 800/452-4368

For more safe winter driving tips, contact your nearest Illinois State Police district, or visit the ISP website at

For more information contact:
Public Information Office
Telephone: 217-782-6637
TDD: 1-800-255-3323

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