Illinois transportation and law enforcement officials joined forces recently to launch the "Ice and Snow - Take it Slow" winter campaign.
The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Tollway and the Illinois State Police are partnering to roll out the state's frontline winter road crews and ensure that snow plows and other emergency equipment are ready for the upcoming snow and ice season.
The traffic safety advocates also took the opportunity to remind drivers of two safety laws Governor Pat Quinn signed into law earlier this year. Both aimed at reducing the number of distracted driving crashes are set to take effect January 1, 2014. One law prohibits the use of all hand-held mobile phones while driving anywhere in Illinois, and the second increases penalties when any use of an electronic device while driving is the cause of an accident.