Illinois officials preach caution on the roads this winter

If the snow wasn't enough to get your attention this week, the Illinois Department of Transportation is urging motorists to get it together for winter weather.

The transportation department launched its annual safety campaign Wednesday reminding drivers to prepare for winter conditions.

Remember to give yourself plenty of time, slow down, increase space between other vehicles, especially plows on the road. And as the days get shorter and darker, make sure you're staying safe on the roads and always look out for other drivers.


"Be prepared to reduce speeds, stay patient and increase driving distance between vehicles at all times," said Jose Rios, IDOT regional engineer. "Please, share the roads and don't crowd the plow. That's one thing that we truly as you is to keep space between yourselves driving your vehicles and our vehicles, it'll be of course safer and allow us to do our work faster."

Also know that a nationwide shortage of commercial vehicle drivers will impact the winter operations teams.

"No matter the staffing levels, we ask the public to please remain patient. No matter what, we won't stop working until the job is done. This season plan ahead and ask yourself is this trip really necessary," Rios said.

IDOT is also hiring for temporary and permanent positions. Staffing levels are down about 10% to 15% compared to the same time last year.