Warning Concerning Driving Conditions For Chicago Area

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has issued a news release (“Heavy Snowfall, Strong Winds to Create Hazardous Conditions Tonight and Super Bowl Sunday”) on January 31, 2015 regarding expected hazardous road conditions caused by high anticipated snowfall, including blizzard conditions.  While heavy snowfall is expected throughout Illinois, the highest level of snow should fall in the Chicago area, including DuPage County.

A few excerpts from the release:

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that a winter storm anticipated to deliver heavy snowfall, strong winds and the potential for blowing and drifting snow will create hazardous driving conditions tonight and Sunday. Motorists should be alert for slick roadways, take extra precautions when driving and consider traveling only if it is necessary.

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National Weather Service forecasters are predicting 8 to 10 inches of snow across much of northern Illinois starting tonight and into Sunday, with 10 to 14 inches in the Chicago area, 3 to 6 inches in the central part of the state and 2 inches or less in southern Illinois. Gusty northeast windsSunday afternoon and evening could produce blowing and drifting snow, significantly reducing visibility. Throughout the day today, IDOT has been pretreating bridge decks and elevated driving surfaces that are susceptible to icing.

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“Public safety is every driver’s responsibility. Motorists should take every precaution, reduce their speeds and avoid unnecessary travel to help keep roads safe,” said state police Col. Mike Zerbonia. “Avoiding distractions and keeping extra distance between vehicles will help when navigating through snow and ice conditions.”

The news release also contains a variety of recommended safety tips, including a warning concerning “black ice.”

Additional details can be seen in the IDOT news release mentioned above, and details regarding the anticipated snowstorm, including blizzard and potential “whiteout” conditions, can be seen in the February 1 Chicago Tribune article titled “Blizzard warning expected for Chicago area; Hundreds of flights canceled” as well as the Naperville Patch article of February 1, 2015 titled “‘Extraordinary Dangerous’ Travel Conditions as Blizzard Warning Issued for Chicago Area.”

Drinking And Driving Issues Over Super Bowl Weekend

Statistics indicate that while drunk driving accidents happen at various times in DuPage County as well as elsewhere in Illinois, at certain times – especially during holidays and around major events – these drunk driving accidents tend to be more numerous.

Today (January 29, 2015) the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a press release titled “Choose a Winning Team on Super Bowl Sunday: Drinking or Driving.” (pdf)  This release discusses various aspects of traffic safety as it relates to drinking and driving during Super Bowl Sunday weekend.

A few notable excerpts:

The Illinois State Police and more than 100 local police departments and sheriff’s offices will be out in force this weekend, stepping up enforcement on drunk driving and seat belt compliance.

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In Illinois over the last five years (2010-2014),18 motor-vehicle fatalities occurred on Super Bowl Sunday. Nine of those fatalities, or 50 percent, involved a driver who had been drinking.

“Drunk driving remains one of the highest contributory causes of fatal crashes,” said ISP Colonel Mike Zerbonia. “ISP Troopers will strictly enforce DUI’s during Super Bowl weekend. Choosing alcohol over your safety and the safety of others can only lead to tragic defeat,” he stressed.

The release also provides tips and suggestions as to how to have a safe (as far as travel by vehicle) Super Bowl Sunday.

Also provided are tips for those who are hosting Super Bowl parties.  An excerpt:

Always remember:

You can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in a drunk-driving crash.

Parents or other adults who provide alcohol to a minor may be legally liable and could face jail time for any damage, injury or death caused by the underage driver.

Additional details can be seen in the IDOT press release mentioned above.

One Injured In Lemont, Illinois Car Crash

There was a DuPage County car crash today (January 13, 2015) in Lemont.

Details regarding the crash appear limited at this time.

The accident happened sometime just after 6:00 a.m., and involved a car that crashed into a pole near the intersection of State and Division Streets.

The driver was airlifted to Loyola University Medical Center.

This DuPage County crash remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the January 13, 2015 abc7chicago.com article titled “Driver airlifted to hospital after crashing into pole in Lemont” as well as the January 13, 2015 Lemont Patch article titled “One Airlifted After Crash in Lemont.”

Fatal Pedestrian Accident In Warrenville, Illinois

There was a fatal DuPage County pedestrian accident Thursday night (January 1, 2015) in Warrenville.

According to Warrenville Police, the accident happened at approximately 8:49 p.m., as a car traveling south on Route 59 hit a man who was crossing Route 59 near Continental Drive.

The pedestrian was identified as James C. Marlowe, 56, of Warrenville.  He was taken to Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, where he was pronounced dead.

Warrenville Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call them at (630) 393-2131.

Additional details and possible updates regarding this DuPage County pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the January 2, 2015 Daily Herald article titled “Warrenville man dies after being hit by car” as well as the January 2 mysuburbanlife.com article titled “Warrenville man dies in New Year’s Day crash.”