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?
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
www.gettingaroundillinois.com or 1-800-452-4368.
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.