Winter weather takes a toll on drivers, causing more accidents in the Stateline

STATELINE, Ill. (WIFR) - The Stateline has experienced all types of severe weather year causing the number of car accidents to increase. 23 News spoke with the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office and State Police about what you can do to be safer on the roads during the winter months.

"One life lost is too many," said Commander Carl Heintz, District 16 State Police.

This year, state police patrol area has already had three fatal car accidents.

"It’s safe to say that the increase and frequency of weather events we've had here have led to an uptick in calls for our service," Heintz said.

Heintz has 27 troopers out on the roads and the winter months keep them busy. This winter we've seen 3,077 car incidents which is an increase from last winter.

"There are cars in the ditch and the traffic going by some are still speeding some are still doing the speed limit or above and it is very frustrating for us ," Heintz said.

The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office saw similar trends, showing an increase in fatalities and injuries during car accidents this year.

"When we started getting a lot of those storms we've seen a significant increase with the snow covered and icy covered compared to even January and February of last year," said County Deputy Dominick Barcellona, Winnebago County Sherriff’s Department.

Police do offer some tips to help you safety get around town during the winter months.

"Icy conditions are the worst you cannot you can't stop so leave a significant distance and drive cautious because we want you to take your time," Barcellona said.

"Check how important it is for you to drive. If you do you have all equipment and the fuel is checked and you do your maintenance on your vehicle and have the appropriate winter gear," Heintz said.

Police also encourage drivers to give them a call if you see any cars on the side of the road or in a ditch to help them keep our roads safer.