According to the National Weather Service, Winter Storm Jupiter is forecasted to arrive in District 12 counties, beginning Friday and continuing into Sunday. The winter storm is expected to bring a range of precipitation to the area, including ice accumulation. Illinois State Police (ISP) District 12 is reminding motorists to prepare now for the coming winter storm.
Prior to Winter Storm Jupiter’s arrival, ensure your vehicle’s fuel tank is full, check tire pressure, pack a vehicle emergency kit and get supplies needed for home now, to avoid heading out on roads that have become treacherous with ice.
“Before heading out on the roads this weekend, check the current weather and road conditions. Then, consider if travel is necessary with those conditions in mind,” said District 12 Commander, Captain Cory Ristvedt. District 12 is making preparation now to handle the coming winter storm, we encourage Illinois residents to also prepare so we may traverse this winter storm safely together,” added Captain Ristvedt.
Stranded motorists are encouraged to remain inside their vehicles, with safety belts fastened, while waiting for first responders to arrive, rather than standing outside of the vehicle. Motorists involved in accidents that do not require emergency assistance may file a crash report within 10 days at the nearest police station.
Illinois State Police also want to remind motorists to move-over for stranded motorists, tow operators, emergency response vehicles and snow removal equipment. Scott’s Law (Move-Over Law) requires drivers to reduce speed, change lanes if possible, and proceed with due caution when approaching emergency vehicles. Further, a new law that took effect on January 1, 2017 will require motorists to slow down and move over for any disabled motorist exhibiting hazard lights.
Other safety tips include:
- Make sure someone is aware of your travel route.
- Dress warmly – choose layers of clothing in anticipation of unexpected winter weather emergencies.
- Keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to prevent the vehicle’s fuel line
from freezing. Plenty of fuel is also important if your vehicle becomes stranded.
- Don’t crowd the plow – remember, a snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they may not see you.
- Watch out for black ice – roads that appear clear may be treacherous. Take it slow
when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges, and shady areas – all are prone to black ice.
- Have an emergency car care kit that contains jumper cables, a flashlight, a small ice scraper, blankets, gloves, food items, water, and a first aid kit.
- Carry a cell phone AND charger.
- Always wear a safety belt.
Motorists are urged to check travel conditions before any trip. You may get interstate condition information by calling 1-800-452-IDOT (4368) or on the Internet at www.gettingaroundillinois.com.
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