A winter storm and travel advisory was issued for Illinois State Police District 17, which covers La Salle, Bureau and Putnam counties, with heavy snow possible today into Wednesday.
Motorists are urged to plan ahead and take the necessary safety precautions while traveling on interstates and state roads. Accumulating snow, wet and icy road conditions may disrupt travel and motorists should allow extra time if travel is absolutely necessary. Travel is not recommended.
Drivers should travel with a charged cell phone, car charger, food, water, warm clothing, and blankets in case they become stranded for a long period of time. Troopers and emergency crews will be working around the clock to help keep motorists safe, but motorists must do their part, plan accordingly, and make safety a priority by driving at a safe speed, allowing plenty of space between vehicles to safely maneuver, and ensuring vehicle lights are functioning properly.
Reducing speed, avoiding distractions, wearing seat belts, and practicing safe driving habits are all crucial, especially when roads and interstates are snow and ice covered, and visibility is reduced. Drivers should watch for black ice when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges, and curves, and avoid abrupt steering and braking. Motorists must also watch for snow removal equipment and emergency vehicles, and exit the road to a safe location if driving conditions become too hazardous.
Motorists are reminded of Scott’s law, which requires drivers to slow down, change lanes away from emergency vehicles, including maintenance vehicles and tow trucks, and proceed with caution when they see emergency lights activated. Failure to do so may result in fines, license suspension and jail time.
When non-injury crashes occur during extreme weather conditions, the ISP encourages drivers to exchange insurance and driver information, and file reports at a later time, to keep themselves and other motorists safe and the roads clear. Motorists can file crash reports at the nearest ISP District within 10 days.
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.