Winter weather
5:58 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Ill. officials gearing-up for snow and ice season

The Ill. Dept. of Transportation (IDOT) and Ill. State Police want drivers to be prepared for winter weather. Both agencies have launched the annual "Ice and Snow-Take it Slow" campaign.

Joe Monroe, operation engineer with IDOT, says during a winter storm drivers should use common sense and postpone trips that aren't necessary. If you do have to get out, allow plenty of time to get to your destination and stay behind plows.

"It's bright, it's orange, it's got lights, it will will lead your way down the road if you stay behind it," said Monroe. "Don't try to pass or make sudden movements. A lot of times that truck will actually get you to your destination better than you ever could have imagined."

Monroe says IDOT has 195 trucks in 11 counties dedicated to keeping the roads free from ice and snow.

The Illinois State Police advises drivers to have an emergency bag in case of an unforeseen incident with an additional set of clothes and supplies.