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ISP warns people to prepare for winter roads

PEORIA -- Monday night's snow was a wake-up call for drivers.
PEORIA -- Monday night's snow was a wake-up call for drivers. Cody Murphy has some advice from state police about staying safe on the roads this winter.

Central Illinois received its first taste of snowfall Monday evening and, even though there wasn't much, it was a clear indicator it's time to prepare for winter.

"The Illinois State Police is committed to keeping roadways safe for everyone."

Illinois State Police and the Illinois Department of Transportation joined forces Tuesday to launch the "Ice and Snow, Take it Slow" campaign. It's aimed at reminding motorists about the dangers winter weather can bring to the roads.

"We go through an in-house training program. This is a two-week program which deals with our routing and mapping, hands-on with the trucks."

The city of Peoria and state police say they're fully prepared to tackle this year's wintry weather. The message is the same every year, but ISP says it's also forgotten every year.

"The Illinois State Police are committed to keeping roadways safe for everyone. Motorists are encouraged to follow these safety tips and always avoid the fatal four which are speeding; DUI; distracted driving; and seat belts. Doing so will ensure everyone arrives at their destination safely."

ISP suggest having essential items in your car during the winter months, such as a window scraper, jumper cables and also a blanket. Another thing to consider is keeping non-perishable food items in your trunk. In the event you find yourself stranded on the road during a major winter storm, those items in you trunk could end up saving your life.

Finally, state police say it's best not to stray from your vehicle if you are stranded. Instead, call 911 and help will arrive soon.
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