State Police remind public to remain in vehicle when experiencing car trouble during extreme temperatures

Online Staff Report

PECATONICA, Ill. — Illinois State Police District 16 officials are reminding motorists to take the necessary safety precautions during the extreme cold temperatures this week.

“We would like to remind motorists to stay in their vehicles if they are experiencing vehicle problems or find themselves off of the roadway due to icy conditions,” said District 16 Interim Commander John Biffany. “We are assigning all personnel to patrol the state highways, interstates, and U.S. routes to check on stranded motorists. With temperatures so low, it is crucial for motorists to stay warm and out of the frigid weather.

Illinois State Police also remind motorists to keep a winter survival kit in their cars containing at least a cell phone and charger, blankets and extra clothing, a first aid kit, a flashlight, water, and food in the event they become stranded for any length of time.

The Illinois State Police are responsible for the public safety of more than 20,000 miles of the state’s roads and highways.

Posted Jan. 6, 2014

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