METAMORA — With the prediction of bitter cold temperatures and snow, Illinois State Police (ISP) District 08 is warning motorists to take the necessary precautions before getting behind the wheel.  Vehicle safety is equally important to driving safely while on the roadways.

Motorists should monitor road conditions before traveling and remember to keep emergency items inside their vehicles.  Speed is a contributing factor for accidents when conditions are wet and slick. Drivers should reduce speeds and allow for extra travel time. 

Illinois State Police also want to remind motorists to yield to emergency and snow removal equipment. Snow plows typically operate at 25-35 mph so please use caution when approaching them. A snow plow driver’s field of vision is limited so don’t assume they can see approaching vehicles. Please remember to move over for emergency vehicles stopped on the shoulder. It is the law (Scott’s Law) to reduce your speed, change lanes if possible, and proceed with due caution...Slow Down and Move Over! 

Stranded motorists are encouraged to remain inside their vehicles and wait for first responders to arrive.  Motorists involved in accidents that do not require emergency care may file an accident report within 10 days at the nearest police station.

Motorists can obtain up-to-date road condition information by contacting the Illinois Department of Transportation at 1-800-452-IDOT (4368) or by visiting www.gettingaroundillinois.com.