IDOT winter crews prepare for snow, high winds this weekend
should beware of blowing and drifting snow, black ice
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[February 01, 2014]
CHICAGO — The Illinois
Department of Transportation announced Friday that road conditions
in Chicago and other areas of the state are expected to change with
the anticipated snow and high winds this weekend.
IDOT has winter weather crews across the state on standby, and
motorists should beware of slick and hazardous driving conditions in
some areas across the state.
"As this next weather system moves
through Illinois, motorists are reminded to use extreme caution when
on the roads," said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L.
Schneider. "With the high winds expected, blowing and drifting snow
will impact visibility, so motorists are encouraged to take it slow,
give plow drivers plenty of room, buckle up and avoid distractions."
Motorists are also reminded of the "Move Over" law. The law,
enacted in 2002 and also known as Scott's Law, requires motorists to
slow down and, if possible, change lanes when approaching police,
emergency or construction vehicles displaying flashing warning
Remember to drive safely and pay attention to what is going on
around you when driving. Avoid distractions that may lead to crashes
and traffic violations. Move over as indicated and proceed with
caution around emergency vehicles and in work zones.
Drivers are reminded to exercise caution when snow and ice affect
roadways, and IDOT advises travel only when absolutely necessary
during winter storms or when temperatures are extremely low.
During the severely cold weather expected, the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security advises that Illinois residents limit exposure to
cold temperatures, dress in layers, check in on others who may need
additional assistance, keep vehicles in good repair and bring pets
For those traveling, check
www.gettingaroundillinois.com for the
latest winter road conditions and road closures.
Safety tips to remember
Allow extra time for travel during the winter months.
Don't crowd the plow. A snowplow operator's field of vision is
restricted. You may see them, but they may not see you.
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Be aware that black ice can form on roads that appear clear, and
the unseen ice can be treacherous. Take it slow when approaching
intersections, off-ramps, bridges and shady areas — all prone to
black ice, which is often invisible.
Always keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to help
prevent the vehicle's fuel line from freezing.
Do not travel during bad weather unless absolutely necessary. If
you do have to make a trip, check the forecast and make sure someone
is aware of your travel route and schedule.
Always carry an emergency car care kit that contains jumper
cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, a small ice
scraper, traction material, blankets, nonperishable food, and a
Carry a few extra blankets in your car and perhaps an extra coat
to ensure protection in case of a breakdown.
Carry a cellphone and dial *999 for roadway assistance in case of
emergency (but remember that using hand-held phones while driving is
illegal if it is not an emergency situation).
Always wear a seat belt, front seat or back
— it's the law.
Check travel and road conditions routinely before any trip. You
can get road condition information by calling 1-800-452-IDOT (4368),
Illinois Tollway information by calling 1-800-TOLL-FYI (865-5394) or
online at www.gettingaroundillinois.com and click on the "Winter
Road Conditions" icon.
Illinois Department of
Transportation file received from the
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]