Illinois State Police officials statewide on Monday issued snow travel advisories and are urging motorists to plan ahead and take the necessary safety precautions while traveling on interstates and state roads.
Drifting snow, wet and icy road conditions may disrupt travel and motorists should allow extra time when making travel plans.
Public Safety is every driver's responsibility. Drivers should plan accordingly and make safety a priority by driving at a safe speed, allowing plenty of distance from other vehicles to safely maneuver, ensuring vehicle lights are functioning properly, watching for snow removal equipment, and exiting the road to a safe location if driving conditions become too hazardous.
"Motorists should take every safety precaution while driving during extreme weather conditions, so that they arrive and depart to and from their destinations safely," said Lieutenant Colonel Terry Lemming. "Reducing speed, avoiding distractions, and practicing safe driving habits are crucial, especially when roads and interstates are icy, and visibility is reduced," he added.
When crashes occur during extreme weather conditions, the ISP encourages motorists to exchange insurance and driver information to keep motorists safe and the roads clear, unless medical attention is required. Motorists can file crash reports at the nearest ISP District within 10 days.
Winter weather safety tips to consider:
Road condition information can be obtained by contacting the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) at 1-800-452-IDOT (4368) or on the Internet at: www.gettingaroundillinois.com.
Source: ISP News Release