IDOT, State Police Start 'Winter Weather - Get It Together' Campaign

Mike Krauser
November 15, 2018 - 2:48 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A timely message from the Illinois Department of Transportation and the State Police:   "Winter Weather - Get it Together." 

The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police kicked off a campaign Thursday to get people to use common sense as we enter the winter driving season on a day when there were a lot of weather-related issues on the expressways. 

Major David Byrd, with the State Police, said people need to get into winter driving mode and adjust their driving based on the conditions. Slow down, he said, and give more space to the car in front of you. 

A plow driver for IDOT, Anthony Lemond, said his advice is pretty much the same. He said tailgating a plow can be a very bad idea.  

The campaign asks people to stay off their phones and pay close attention to road conditions, especially overpasses and bridges, where icing can occur before it does on the road surface. 

AAA's Beth Moser said a recent survey of Illinois drivers found that just 23 percent have emergency kits in their cars. She said they should include a cellphone and a charger, jumper cables, warm clothes and gloves, flares, and snow brushes.