ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ISSUE
WINTER WEATHER TRAVEL ADVISORY
Ice Covered Roadways Expected Throughout Central and Southern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, IL -- Illinois State Police (ISP) officials are reminding motorists to prepare for winter driving conditions this weekend.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch including rain and freezing rain through Sunday at 12 p.m. Ice accumulations on the roadways are possible and slick spots are likely, especially on untreated roadways, overpasses, bridges, and ramps.
Winter weather can have a devastating impact on driving conditions. Freezing rain and icy roads can result in hazardous road conditions. The ISP is urging motorists to drive with caution, increase following distances, and allow extra travel time to get to their final destinations.
Stranded motorists are encouraged to remain inside their vehicles with their seat belt on and wait for first responders to arrive. Motorists involved in accidents that do not require emergency assistance may file a crash report within 10 days by reporting it with the law enforcement agency within those jurisdictional boundaries.
The ISP also want to remind motorists to yield to emergency and snow removal equipment. Scott’s Law (The Move Over Law) requires drivers to reduce speed, change lanes if possible, and proceed with due caution when approaching emergency vehicles and vehicles on the shoulder of the roadway with hazard lights activated.
Listed below are a few safety tips drivers should keep in mind during winter weather:
- Plan ahead and check the forecast – Determine if the trip is necessary during inclement weather.
- Don’t Crowd the Plow! – Remember, a snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they may not see you.
- Watch out for black ice – Roads that appear clear may be treacherous. Take it slow when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges, and shady areas – all are prone to black ice.
- Always keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to prevent the vehicle’s fuel line from freezing.
- Dress warmly for the weather – Dress in layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in anticipation of unexpected winter weather emergencies.
- Make sure someone is aware of your travel route.
- Always carry an emergency car care kit that contains jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, a small ice scraper, traction material, blankets, non-perishable food and a first aid kit.
- Always carry a charged cell phone.
- Always wear a seat belt.
Motorists can check on interstate road conditions by contacting the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) at 1-800-452-IDOT (4368) or on the Internet at: www.gettingaroundillinois.com.
Gallatin County School Events Calendar
January 18, 2017-January 28, 2017
Wed., Jan. 18 - Junior High Scholar Bowl – Massac Co. (A) 10:00
Junior High Boys’ Basketball – GEC Tour. @ NCOE 6:00 & 7:15
Thu., Jan. 19 - Junior High Scholar Bowl – Crab Orchard (H) 9:30
Junior High Boys’ Basketball – GEC Tour. @ NCOE
6:15 3rd Place
High School Girls’ Basketball – Eldorado Lady Eagle Classic
6:30 Gallatin Co. vs. Benton
Fri., Jan. 20 - High School Girls’ Basketball – Eldorado Lady Eagle Classic
5:00 Gallatin Co. vs. Carmi
High School Boys’ Basketball – Hardin Co. (A) 6:00
Sat., Jan. 21 - High School Girls’ Basketball – Eldorado Lady Eagle Classic 1:00-7:00
Mon., Jan. 23 - Junior High Boys’ Basketball – West Frankfort (H) 6:00 (8th Grade Night)
High School Girls’ Basketball – Wayne City (A) 6:00
High School Boys’ Basketball – GEC @ SIC
8:00 Gallatin Co. vs. Thompsonville
Tue., Jan. 24 - 5th Gr. Girls’ Basketball – Harrisburg (H) 6:00
Junior High Boys’ Basketball – Regional @ Vienna G.S.
7:30 Gallatin Co. vs. Adams School
High School Girls’ Basketball – Pope Co. (A) 6:00
High School Boys’ Basketball – GEC @ SIC TBA
Wed., Jan. 25 - Junior High Scholar Bowl - Massac Co. (A) 10:00
High School Girls’ Basketball – Dongola (H) 6:00
Thu., Jan. 26 - High School Scholar Bowl – Pope Co. (H) 9:00
Junior High Boys’ Basketball – Regional @ Vienna G.S.
6:00 Championship Game
High School Girls’ Basketball – Carmi (H) 6:00
Fri., Jan 27 - High School Boys’ Basketball – GEC @ SIC TBA
Sat., Jan. 28 - High School Boys’ Basketball – GEC @ SIC TBA
Gallatin County Local Court Improves Service with New Web Access to Court Data
Brittney Capeheart, the Gallatin County Circuit Clerk, is pleased to announce the court’s participation in Judici.com, a centralized internet database which brings together publicly-available data from multiple courts.
The available data includes criminal and civil cases, with the exception of child support payment info. Users can search by name or case number, select a case, and then view case info such as charges, criminal dispositions/sentences, civil judgments, account/payment history and the history of case proceedings. Naturally, data secured by court order or court procedure is not available.
Data for the court is available at no charge, as a public service, by clicking on the "Participating courts" link at www.judici.com.
Useful reports such as new case filings and court dockets are available as premium services by subscription. Users can also subscribe to get access to multi-court/multi-case searches, as well as personalized case lists and court schedules.
By choosing an approach which shares a single offsite web server among all of the participating courts, the Clerk’s office reduced the county’s initial cost to make the data available and eliminated security threats to county networks.