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Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider recaps one of the most driving challenged winters in Illinois history and thanks motorists for their patience with IDOT’s snow removal crews.
The Chicago Tribune recently reported on the study, which observed over 33,000 drivers on streets, roads and highways all across the state.
While only a relatively small number of towns in Illinois (about 80) had handheld cell phone driving bans on the books, a statewide ban went into effect on January 1st. The study was done in November in advance of the new law in order to track the effectiveness of this traffic safety legislation.
Drivers can still use a mobile phone while driving a vehicle, however they must use some sort of hands free technology like a Bluetooth headset or the speakerphone functionality of the device.
Maybe not surprisingly, Chicago drivers were the worst offenders with 18% of all observed drivers using a mobile phone pressed against their ear or near their face while behind the wheel–despite living in a city with one of the first municipal bans in Illinois. Only 12% of motorists outside the state were seen using a handheld mobile phone while driving.
The speed limit on Chicago area expressways won’t be going up to 70 or even 65 mph anytime soon–at least not until we get a Republican governor says Illinois State Senator Jim Oberweis (R).
That’s because, according to the Sun-Times, Oberweis’ move to have the recent law he spearheaded to raise the speed limit on all state expressways also apply to Chicago and other urban expressways, got voted down 2-1 in a Senate panel.
The vote was along party lines with Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park and Sen. Antonio Munoz, D-Chicago voted against it citing “safety concerns.”
“I believe they were under strong encouragement from someone in the Governor’s office,” Oberweis told the Expired Meter via e-mail.
As snow continues to fall as of late afternoon Monday, city and state snow plows continue to battle the up to seven inches of snow on main thoroughfares, Lake Shore Drive and area expressways.
Department of Streets and Sanitation spokesperson Molly Poppe says the city’s full fleet of 287 snow plows will be working on major roadways until the snow stops. Only then will the trucks be redeployed onto residential streets.
Weather reports have snow continuing until at least 9 PM.
The ill timed snowstorm is making evening rush hour slower and more challenging than normal. Reports of multiple crashes and spin outs are being reported across the city.
Chicago drivers know how painfully congested the Kennedy Expressway (I-90) can get.
With drivers going to and from O’Hare Airport, the traffic from where I-90 splits from I-94 is often bumper-to-bumper all the way to the airport.
Now the Illinois Department of Transportation is hoping to widen a two-mile stretch of the Kennedy according to DNA Info.
IDOT is proposing adding another lane of traffic in each direction between Cumberland and Harlem. The agency says it will help traffic flow, ease congestion and help decrease the number of crashes which occur along there frequently.
The snow is still falling.
And according to the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation, the city’s full fleet of 287 snow plows are deployed and still clearing the inches of lake effect snow that continue to coat area roadways.
Streets and San says its plows are still clearing snow from main thoroughfares and have not begun clearing residential streets.
But Streets and Sanitation spokesperson Molly Poppe says this morning the city has deployed an additional 50 smaller four-wheel drive snow plows to clear streets around schools.
The Illinois Department of Transportation is saying temperatures are so cold, and conditions on so many roads in northern Illinois are so dangerous, motorists should not drive unless it’s completely necessary.
IDOT has 615 trucks a deployed in the northern part of the state to deal with the slice snow and ice covered roads and the white out conditions being caused by high winds on roadways.
In fact, according to Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider, due to the extreme cold IDOT Emergency Traffic Patrol or Minutemen Crews, which assist drivers with stalled vehicles or vehicles involved in crashes, will be actively patrolling for stranded motorists.
Interstates I-57, I-74 and I-72 had been closed down the past few days due to heavy snows, high winds that caused drifting snow and white out conditions and below zero temperatures that iced up road surfaces making overall driving conditions extremely dangerous.
According to state officials, due to the approximately 375 passenger vehicles were stranded along I-57 on Monday along with six semi-trailers.
Lots of snow, extremely cold temperatures and high winds have conspired to make driving conditions very difficult and in some cases dangerous.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for snow from 6 p.m. Saturday to midnight Sunday throughout Illinois. The storm will drop most of its snow between midnight and noon on Sunday and winds of 15-30 mph will cause blowing snow to make driving a challenge if not dangerous due to low visibility.