Police Safety Tips Before Millions Hit The Road For The Holidays
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCCU) —
Millions are hitting the roads for the holidays.
Interstates have been a nightmare for drivers who are making their way around the city.
Illinois state police said starting Wednesday through the weekend, roads and highways will be congested and especially dangerous with the dropping temperatures.
They’re also reminding drivers of the fatal four: Don't drink and drive, don’t drive distracted, slow down, and always remember to buckle up.
State Trooper Tracy Lillard said this can mean the difference between life and death.
"There’s a lot going on,” Trooper Lillard said. “Everyone is traveling trying to get to their destination. We just want to make sure everybody gets to way they're going without a crash, and without any issues."
If you are involved in a crash, be sure to pull off to the side of the road, and if you see a vehicle parked off to the side, switch lanes and reduce your speed in half.
"Long distances can cause extreme drowsiness,” Lillard said. “Which can obviously be fatal. And so long distances we usually like to suggest people break it up every two hours, get out and stretch, have something to eat."
The nation is expecting the highest amount of traffic on Thanksgiving Day.
Illinois State Police have increased patrols for the long weekend, adding at least a dozen more troopers.
Lillard said improper lane usage and following too closely are the two most common violations that lead to crashes.
"Holiday travel, any travel we want to make sure motorist are out there,” she said. “And they're very alert when they're traveling. Our goal is for you to make it to your destination safely."