The Following Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police

Pesotum, District 10

Pesotum 1-7-14 UPDATE 2:15 PM - Illinois State Police District 10

officials are advising the roadways in District 10 continue to be

EMERGENCY TRAVEL ONLY. Counties include Champaign, Douglas, Coles,

Vermilion, Edgar, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby, and Macon. INTERSTATE-57,

INTERSTATE-72, and INTERSTATE-74 are extremely dangerous with snow packed

drifts and icy patches. Motorists traveling on Interstate 57 continue to

slide off the roadway into the median and ditches. State Routes, US

Routes, county highways and township roads are experiencing drifting snow,

snow packed drifts and icy patches.

Motorists should use caution, reduce speed, and allow for extra travel

time. Motorists are also reminded to have an emergency kit in their

vehicle. Illinois State Police District 10 would like to remind drivers

of the following driving tips for in-climate weather: 1) only use cruise

control on dry surfaces, 2) if you lose traction gradually slow down, do

not slam on the brakes, 3) use caution when driving on bridges and ramps,

frost forms on these surfaces first, 4) be careful when approaching shaded

areas, this is the last place for ice and snow to melt. Our basic driving

tips are the same all year: DON?T DRINK AND DRIVE, SLOW DOWN, ALWAYS WEAR

YOUR SEATBELT and NO TEXTING.

Another important safety factor is vehicle maintenance. Check the tread on

your tires. Check the windshield wipers for cracks and wear, and fill your

windshield fluid reservoir. Keep your gas tank at least half full to

prevent water build up that can freeze the line and to ensure you have

enough gas for heat if you are stranded. Check your lights and drive with

them on during daylight hours in fog or precipitation.

Additional equipment you should put in your vehicle: tools (jack,

lug wrench), bottled water, non-perishable food, extra warm clothes,

boots, hats and gloves, ice scraper, flash light with fresh batteries,

first aid kit, jumper cables, blanket/sleeping bag(s), a bright colored

cloth to tie on your antennae as a flag if you are stranded and an old

cell phone with car charger (a deactivated phone will activate when ?911?

is dialed).

TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE LIFE-THREATENING AND ANYONE TRAVELING ON THE

ROADWAYS IS IN LIFE-THREATENING DANGER. IF MOTORISTS HAVE VEHICLE

PROBLEMS, A DISABLED VEHICLE AND/OR CRASH, ASSISTANCE MAY NOT ARRIVE

BEFORE THEY SUCCUMB TO THE EXTREME COLD. TEMPERATURES AND WIND CHILLS CAN

QUICKLY CAUSE HYPOTHERMIA AND DEATH.

A complete list of road closures can be found on the Illinois Department

of Transportation website http://www.dot.il.gov/road/closures.txt and

Stay home and out of danger. Extremely cold temperatures and dangerous

wind chills can be deadly. Stranded motorists are encouraged to remain

inside their vehicles.

(1) comment

gringa
gringa

OK, guess I'll stay in then. LOL

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