Officials Urge Motorists to Use Caution on Ice and Snow Covered Roadways
Springfield - Illinois State Police (ISP) officials are reminding motorists of potentially dangerous road conditions as hazardous weather conditions continue. Roadways 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,” said ISP Lieutenant Colonel Tad Williams. “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 home safely,” added Williams.
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...Slow Down and Move Over!
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.