SHELBYVILLE, IL. — Pesotum, IL -- Illinois State Police District 10 officials are advising motorist to use extreme caution while traveling today. Travel is only recommended if absolutely essential. Interstates 57, 72, and 74 have all experienced numerous crashes and disabled motorists due to ice, drifting, and blowing snow in each of our counties: Champaign, Douglas, Coles, Vermilion, Edgar, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby, and Macon.
Illinois State Police troopers have noticed a significant increase in weather-related incidents, including three crashes resulting in injuries. Several motorists have been involved in property damage crashes due to ‘black ice.’ Motorists are reminded to yield to emergency vehicles and snow plows while traveling. District 10 has handled 28 crashes, 52 motorist assists, and at least three snow plow-related crashes on state highways, with a total of 138 weather-related incidents since the storm began yesterday. Interim District 10 Commander Jamal Simington stated, “The Illinois State Police has deployed additional resources to deal with this weather event. Although roadways appear to be clear and safe, they remain very hazardous. A safe speed is one which allows a driver to stop and steer safely in these conditions, so please slow down and be aware of the slick conditions.”
Blowing and drifting snow will cause white out conditions. Extremely cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills can be deadly. Stranded motorists are encouraged to remain inside their vehicles. Motorists should use caution, reduce speed, and allow for extra travel time.
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. Also use caution when traveling near snow removal trucks and snow plows.