“Ice and snow – take it slow.” That’s the slogan the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police are using this season, and, yes – you do need to be reminded.
“Every year when we have the first snowfall, the first icy conditions, the motoring public is out there, doing the exact same thing they did the year before,” says State Police Master Sgt. Mike Vorreyer, who is assigned to the Springfield post. “They need to slow down. They need to be aware they’re going to get to their destination late. Watch out for other traffic. Don’t make quick lane changes. Just do all the things that we’ve been saying. We keep repeating the message because it’s important. The first snowfall, we handle numerous accidents with injuries.”
In a coincidence of scheduling, the IDOT-ISP event near Springfield occurred hours after the area’s first snowfall. A slick overpass is partly to blame for a fatal wreck on Interstate 39 Monday night in Woodford County.