It was bad enough that the woman was driving well over the speed limit. But to be speeding in wintry conditions made it even more dangerous.
As CBS Chicago reports, ice and snow on the roads this weekend made driving in Illinois hazardous, but one driver didn’t make any effort to be more careful. On Monday morning, the Illinois State Police shared a photo of the ticket they issued to one woman who was caught speeding in Champaign.
The unnamed woman was going 115 mph in a 35 mph zone.
In other words, she was over the limit by 80 mph. As the Illinois State Police wrote on Facebook, “Take that in for a second. She was caught in town last night. In town. With snow/slush on the road.”
The Police labeled the woman’s driving as “#Ridiculous” and warned other drivers about the dangers of speeding through town:
If you think we don’t patrol in town, you’re mistaken. And if you think you won’t get in a bad crash in town because the speed limits are low and you’re a good driver, think again. Just remember there are people like this driving next to you.
The State Police added that the woman was arrested that same night, writing, “#That’sGoToJailSpeed.”
According to WMAQ, police blamed the snow on Sunday evening for the fact that many cars ended up in ditches that night. Commenters were generally appalled at the woman’s unsafe speed.
Experienced drivers know that snow, ice, and sleet can make driving in winter both tricky and dangerous. According to AAA, it’s important to drive slowly on snow-covered roads, as the slippery conditions make everything — including turning, accelerating, and braking — take longer.
In addition, drivers should increase their following distance to eight to ten seconds, accelerate and decelerate slowly, brake using firm, steady pressure on the pedal, and avoid both powering up and stopping on hills. Finally, the safest decision is to avoid driving at all if possible. Even if you are a good winter driver, there’s no guarantee that everyone else will be too.