City and state officials launch "Ice and Snow, Take It Slow" campaign

By WEEK Producer

November 12, 2013 Updated Nov 12, 2013 at 8:49 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Monday night's snow, along with the plunge in temperatures, was a quick reminder of how dangerous road conditions can become.

On Tuesday, the Illinois Department of Transportation teamed up with Peoria city and county officials to launch the "Ice and Snow, Take It Slow" campaign.

Illinois State Trooper Dustin Pierce said there has been an increase in traffic fatalities in District 8, which includes Marshall, Peoria, Stark, Tazewell and Woodford counties.

"We know that some have been distracted driving, some have been impaired driving, some have been driver error," Pierce said. "Where we've seen a huge increase has been on city streets. Right now on the interstates with last night I believe that makes it two that have occurred on interstates."

Trooper Pierce said there have been 33 people killed in District 8 this year compared to 24 last year.

In an effort to keep drivers safe this winter, officials are asking motorists to slow down, be patient and keep adequate distance behind snowplows.

Peoria Public Works Supervisor David Haste said enforcement of the city's parking ban always causes problems.

"Once we get into the residentials, that's when we have the challenge and people have to park somewhere," Haste said. "It takes a long time to get through the older neighborhoods with a lot of on street parking."

Officials say winter driving requires lots of planning ahead. For information on Illinois road conditions, you can call 1-800-452-IDOT.

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