With the prediction of winter weather tonight into Wednesday morning, Illinois State Police (ISP) District 12 is warning motorists to take the necessary precautions before getting behind the wheel. Vehicle safety is equally important to driving safely while on the roadways.
Winter weather can have a devastating impact on driving conditions, especially when ice and snow are involved. Freezing rain, icy roads, and white-out snow events can result in hazardous road conditions for drivers of all ages. Illinois State Police officials urge motorists to drive with caution, and to allow extra travel time to get to their final destinations.
“Reducing your speed, limiting distractions while driving, allowing for extra travel time, increasing distances between vehicles, and avoiding unnecessary or abrupt lane changes will help ensure your safety,” said ISP District 12 Commander, Captain Kelly Hodge. “Motorists should take precaution and be wary for black ice in cleared areas, as they begin their morning commute,” he added.
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 assistance may file a crash report within 10 days at the nearest police station.
Illinois State Police also want to remind motorists to yield to emergency and snow removal equipment. Scott?s Law (Move Over Law) requires drivers to reduce speed, change lanes if possible, and proceed with due caution when approaching emergency vehicles.