Ice and snow on the ground, slow down

As we get our first taste of winter weather law enforcement and transportation crews are working together to keep the roads clear.

“I don’t ever get used to it, and I don’t like it either,” said Audie Murphy.

To ensure that drivers like Murphy get to work on time crews began clearing the roads just after 5:00 PM Sunday night.

“The primary routes aren’t quite in good shape, but with the sun-shining today that ought to drive the pavement temperatures up enough to help us out quite a bit,” said IDOT spokesman Keith Miley.

The worry now becomes black ice that so often sneaks up on unsuspecting drivers who often are speeding, so Illinois State Police MSgt. Stephen Lawrence is stepping up patrols to slow down traffic, and hopefully the amount of accidents.

“We had a series of crashes that were minor, nothing significant with several vehicles off of the roadway,” said MSgt. Stephen Lawrence. “As the road conditions improve the calls of service have dropped for us.”

“It’s been on my mind,” said Murphy. “I just keep thinking I hope we don’t have a winter like last year.”

To prepare for the upcoming winter the state of Illinois is hiring snow plow drivers in Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, and Saline Counties.

If you’re interested in applying click here.

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