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    January 26, 2018
    Recent warm temperatures, combined with lack of snow, have resulted in an increase of pothole filling requests in the City of Peoria. As a result, Public Works employees have been filling potholes and completing other street maintenance tasks to provide the best travel possible for our roadway users, and we are asking the public to be aware of these road projects for the safety of themselves and our staff members. Please provide ample space for the employees, the machinery and the project when travelling. 
    Unfortunately, distracted driving and speed continue to be the leading causes of work zone crashes, with severe injuries and costly property damage claims a preventable result. Work zones require more attention and slower speeds because of work crew exposure and changing conditions. 
    Scott's Law, 625 ILCS 5/11-907(c), requires a motorist to slow down and change lanes if possible for emergency, construction and maintenance vehicles and workers. A person charged with this offense can receive a fine for up to $10,000. They must appear in court, have driving privileges suspended, and in cases of property damage, injury and death of another person, additional penalties can apply such as involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide. If someone kills a person while operating a vehicle they can be charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide which could result in imprisonment from 3 to 14 years if convicted.
    Motorists are urged to practice safe driving habits at all times, and to especially use caution when encountering roadway maintenance vehicles. For more information, contact the Office of the Public Works Director at (309) 494-8850.