Illinois State Police cautions drivers on winter weather

Illinois State Police cautions drivers on winter weather

DU QUOIN, IL (KFVS) - The Illinois State Police say they are encouraging motorists to prepare now, for Wednesday's widespread snow in southern Illinois, as predicted by the National Weather Service.

Illinois State Police District 13 / 22 Commander William Sons said ISP wants to encourage people to be aware of potentially hazardous roadway conditions approaching the southern Illinois area Wednesday.

"As we enter winter, motorists should pay special attention to surface conditions," Sons said. "We recommend they leave early, allow more following distance between vehicles and slow down as conditions can change very quickly."

ISP states conditions are expected to deteriorate quickly.

National Weather service officials are predicting two to four inches of snowfall for the area, visibility to be ½ mile or less and any snow that falls will immediately stick to roadway surfaces.

ISP says drivers should also be aware of Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Snow Removal Operations while traveling, giving them the additional space needed while they make the roadways safe.

ISP also reminds travelers of Scott's Law, or the Move Over Law, which requires motorists to move out of the lane next to a stopped emergency vehicle.

If drivers aren't able to do so because of traffic,  they're required to slow down and proceed with caution.

Stopped emergency vehicles include police, fire, ambulance, IDOT and tow vehicles.

ISP advises drivers to plan ahead now, making sure they have extra coats, blankets, gloves and hats, and high energy food and water.

It's also advised that vehicles should also be prepared for winter by traveling with at least a half a tank of fuel, check antifreeze levels, washer fluid levels and ensure an overall road worthiness. Also, letting others know travel plans, and keep a charger for cellphones on hand are important.

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