State police & fellow drivers warn: roads just not safe

Published 02/05 2014 03:13PM

Updated 02/06 2014 10:24AM

SPRINGFIELD -- Road conditions are getting worse. State police are asking drivers to stay home unless it's absolutely necessary to travel. WCIA-3's Ashley Michels checks out I-55.

The roads look OK, but looks can be deceiving. State and local crews have been salting all day and it's not helping. Roads have patches of ice and snow. The rest of Central Illinois is also completely covered, making the situation pretty dangerous.

Every time the weather starts to turn, Illinois State Trooper Edwards goes on highway weather patrol. He says this week's combination of snow and cold temperatures is creating some of the worst driving conditions they've seen all year.

"The roads are very slick right now and the sun's coming up. Snow plows have been putting salt down, but the temperatures are dropping. It's causing most of the roads to have black ice, so conditions are actually getting worse."

What makes black ice so dangerous is that drivers can't see it.

"Some of the areas that look like they're actually wet, they're probably actually ice so you need to slow down."

That's advice Jason Norris says he wishes he'd listened to.

"I used to think I was a really good snow driver until about 20 minutes ago."

That's when Norris' car ended up over here.

"The roads are so slick that I just started spinning out and wound up shooting through the ditch."

His car has a few bumps and bruises, but Norris is OK.

"I am very lucky that I got to walk away from this because I was lucky. I was the only car around too. It could have been way worse. It could've been more cars involved, semi's involved."

Now, he wants to share his own advice to fellow drivers.

"They look dry and they're not. They're just all ice, so they're very slick, so, yeah, stay home. Just stay home. It's not worth it."

State police say they're still getting constant calls. If you're on the roads and see flashing lights, state police ask you to follow Scott's Law and move over to help keep everyone safe.

White-out conditions on I-64 in Southern Illinois left car after car in the ditch. Several drivers were stuck or slid off ramps. Once plows came through, most were able to get back on the roads.

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