ISP numbers from winter storm

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The first winter storm of the 2015/2016 season has left the area, but the effects remain. Not only snow, it seems that first storm of the season also brought a big reminder that we must adjust our driving habits to the weather.

The Illinois State Police District 7 activity from 8:30 pm Friday to 8:30 pm Saturday included:

79 Motorist Assists

13 Property Damage Crashes

1 Personal Injury Crash

Some motorist assists were vehicles stranded on the roadway due to mechanical issues, but the majority were driving too fast for conditions, lost control and crossed into a ditch.

Most of the crashes that occurred were not during the snow fall, but shortly after it stopped. Motorists begin to pick up speed when the roads are only partially cleared. “This is a recipe for disaster,” states Lieutenant Jon Dively, “as motorists begin to speed up immediately after the snow stops, our numbers show it is inevitable they are going to hit an icy patch or drift on the roadway.”

When the next snow fall comes, the Illinois State Police urge all motorists to take a lesson from this past weekend and plan accordingly. Slow down, increase your following distance, pack your winter emergency kit and most importantly remember the most dangerous time is immediately after the snow stops. Drivers must always remain vigilant and watch for icy patches on the roadway.