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Fog, rain and high winds mean trouble on Rockford area roads

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Car driving in fog on Winnebago Road in Winnebago. Car driving in fog on Winnebago Road in Winnebago.
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The weather is creating some hazardous road conditions for people around the Rockford area. Illinois State Police say things could become very dicey, very quickly. There are high winds expected plus there's been snow melting most of the afternoon. Plus, some areas have been dealing with rain.

 

The wet conditions on the road could quickly freeze as the temperature drops creating icy spots especially if the roads have not been treated.

 

"The bridge decks, the overpasses, the ramps especially on bypass 20 are horrific. So I encourage people not to make abrupt steering movements, don't use your cruise control," says Master Sergeant Carl Heintz.

 

He says people should drive slowly and be prepared for the driver in front of you to experience problems. If that happens Master Sergeant Heintz tells drivers to stay focused.

 

"We have a lot of problems that arise from one car going into the ditch and people swerving to avoid that or focusing on events that are going on in the ditch. Or there's a car over there and then they take their attention off that traffic in front of them. So then on car into the ditch turns into 3 cars in the ditch turns into 2 crashes then that's when we have big problems," says Master Sergeant Heintz.

 

In Illinois there is something called Scott's Law. If there is an emergency vehicle on the side of the road and there is an open lane, the driver must move over.

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