Annual safety campaign urges drivers to prepare now for Old Man Winter
With snow and ice touching much of the state this week, the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and Illinois Tollway are reminding the public that it’s time for "Winter Weather – Get it Together." Because of the nationwide shortage of commercial vehicle drivers impacting staffing levels on winter operations teams throughout Illinois and the Midwest, planning and preparation, as well as patience and understanding, will be needed more than ever from motorists this winter.
“Keeping roads clear and safe takes a great deal of work before, during and after major winter weather events. It’s something we prepare for the entire year,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “The dedicated men and women at IDOT who battle the wintry elements to keep Illinois moving are ready at all times. However, we can’t do it alone. It is imperative that you do your part as well. Be prepared to reduce speeds, stay patient and increase driving distance between vehicles at all times. And please share the roads – don’t crowd the plow.”
In the coming months, motorists should practice basic winter driving skills and build extra time into their schedules, even when roads appear to be clear. As part of the “Winter Weather – Get it Together” campaign, travelers are encouraged to follow simple guidelines.