ISP releases Crash Totals from Valentine’s Day Storm

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Sunday wreck on southbound I-57 near Neoga. Sunday wreck on southbound I-57 near Neoga.

CENTRAL ILLINOIS – Trooper Tracy Lillard, with the Illinois State Police of District 10, has released crash totals for her district from February 14’s snowfall.

Lillard reports Sunday, February 14, saw 34 traffic crashes, along with 120 incidents. Those incidents include cars going into ditches, motorists in need of assistance and calls for service. She explains the major contributor for the crashes and vehicles in the ditch continues to be speed.

Traveling too fast for conditions, even with 1 – 3 inches of snowfall and high winds, results in crashes.

State troopers remind motorists that they should use caution and give themselves extra time when traveling during snowfall or other special weather conditions. Lillard points out the Fatal Four violations that contribute to fatal crashes are: Speeding, Driving Under the Influence, Seatbelts and Distracted Driving.

WAND will release crash statistics for more districts as they are released.

Here's a quick reminder of what you need to do before traveling in winter weather:

  • Plan ahead and check the forecast
  • Don't crowd the plow (you may see them, but they may not see you)
  • Watch out for black ice
  • Keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full
  • Dress warmly, in layers if possible
  • Make sure someone is aware of your travel route
  • Always carry an emergency car care kit
  • Always carry a charged cell phone
  • Always wear a safety belt

Motorists can check on interstate road conditions by contacting IDOT at 1-800-452-IDOT (4368).

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