Illinois State Police urge motorists to
avoid crossing flooded roadways
“Turn Around Don’t Drown”
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[April 29, 2017]
- The National Weather Service has issued a forecast of heavy rain
for the next several days. District 09 Commander, Chris Owen, would
like to remind motorists to be safe when traveling through areas
experiencing flooding. Motorists are urged to reduce their speed,
drive with caution, and allow for extra time for travel. Excess
water on the roadways can cause hazardous conditions.
The U.S. National Weather Service has posted a public service
announcement (PSA) video called “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” to remind
motorists of the dangers of crossing flooded roads. The PSA video
and other flood-related information can be found at
Flooding-related driving tips:
conditions prior to trip. (The website and phone number to call
are listed below.)
through water that is over the roadway even if it seems shallow
enough to pass through.
Be aware of debris
on the roadway caused by flooding both during the flood and
after water has receded.
If your car
stalls, do not attempt to push it out; seek higher ground.
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Motorists are reminded to use extreme caution when approaching
stationary authorized emergency vehicles with their lights activated on the
roadways. Authorized emergency vehicles include police, fire, EMS, and other
emergency vehicles. It is the law to proceed with due caution, change
lanes if possible, and reduce your speed. Move over and slow down. This law also
includes motorists sitting on the side of the road with hazard lights flashing.
Motorists should monitor the road conditions before driving, and remember to
keep emergency items inside the vehicle. A complete list of road closures can be
found on the Illinois Department of Transportation website at
www.gettingaroundillinois.com or by calling 1-800-452-4368.
[Tpr. Sean T. Ramsey
Safety Education Officer
Illinois State Police District 09]