Just in time for holiday traveling, gasoline prices have jumped in the Danville area and across the nation. Regular unleaded gasoline which had been selling for $3.12 a gallon at one Danville gas station on Thursday was selling it for $3.29 a gallon on Sunday.
The Triple A Motor Club's annual forecast predicted that 94-million Americans would travel 50 miles or more between Saturday (December 21st) and Wednesday, January 1st. The number of travelers is up six-percent from this time a year ago. (article submitted}
State police are teaming with sheriff's police and municipal police departments to increase roadside checks as part of their holiday safe-driving campaign.
The checks include the familiar "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" and "Click it or Ticket" themes and will include hundreds of roadside checks for drunken driving and safety-belt use through the first weekend of 2014.
Illinois has seen 950 traffic fatalities through Dec. 17-20, more than the same period last year.
Safe driving isn't limited to highways, however.
The Department of Natural Resources said there were 34 reported snowmobile accidents last year resulting in three deaths.
Illinois Conservation Police Chief Rafael Gutierrez said most accidents can be prevented with common sense. The department encourages everyone to take a snowmobile safety class before the first ride of the season and offers these other tips:
•Never consume alcohol before or during a snowmobile ride. •Make sure equipment is in proper working order. •Wear protective clothing including a full-size helmet with goggles or face shield. •Avoid wearing long scarves, which may get caught in moving parts. •Be aware of, and obey, trail closures and know the terrain. •Avoid frozen waterways if you're not sure about the thickness of ice. •Never ride alone.
-------- NWS ALERT: SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS AND WATCHES -------
339 PM CST SAT DEC 21 2013
SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR IROQUOIS and SURROUNDING COUNTIES...BENTON.JASPER.NEWTON.FORD.SOUTHEASTERN LIVINGSTON AND SOUTHEASTERN KANKAKEE COUNTIES UNTIL 1230 AM SUNDAY.
DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED AN AREA OF MODERATE RAINFALL ACROSS THE ADVISORY AREA.WITH UP TO THREE QUARTERS OF AN INCH OF RAIN OVER THE PAST SEVERAL HRS. THIS RAIN IS ON TOP OF THE RECENT MELT WHICH CONTAINED NEARLY AN INCH OF LIQUID EQUIVALENT SNOW. SINCE THE GROUND IS FROZEN.THE SNOW MELT & RAIN WILL ALMOST TOTALLY GO TO RUNOFF.LEADING TO RISES IN AREA RIVERS & STREAMS AS WELL AS STANDING WATER IN FARM FIELDS & LOW LYING AREAS.
ShowBus involved in accident, 2 passengers injured
Cause: distracted driver
A distracted 16-year-old driver in Iroquois County faces a charge of Improper Lane Usage following a traffic accident that involved a ShowBus, carrying eight passengers.
Illinois State Police reported two of the eight passengers on the 15-passenger bus were treated for minor injuries at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. All three drivers were also taken to IMH with minor injuries.
The accident happened just before 3:30 Thursday afternoon on Illinois Route 1 at County Road 1200 N.
Police reported the un-identified 16-year-old was northbound when the car crossed the center line and hit the ShowBus. The 16-year-old driver then lost control and hit a third vehicle, a pickup truck driven by an Indiana man.