The monsoon season officially lasts until Sept. 30. During this time, we see a large amount of rainfall and dust storms that can cause road hazards and accidents. Stay safe by following the tips below.
Stay indoors – and keep your pets there, too - during heavy storms whenever possible. If you’re out shopping or running errands, try to wait for a break in the storm. If you need to head out, walk to your vehicle; do not run. Streets, sidewalks and roadways are the most slippery at the start of the rainstorm.
If you must drive in the rain, allow yourself extra time and room to stop your vehicle. Roadways are slippery, and even a small amount of water can cause a vehicle to slide, causing an accident.
Drive slowly! Driving too fast through standing water can cause a car to hydroplane. Consider pulling off the roadway during heavy rains to wait it out.
Never drive around barricades. Ignoring barricades or closed roadway signs is illegal; even as little as 10 inches of water can float a vehicle. The roadway may seem safe to you; however, standing water or puddles are difficult to verify from your vehicle, so always trust the road signs and barricades.
If you come to an intersection where all of the traffic lights are out, treat it as a four-way stop. Remember, if two vehicles come to a stop at the same time, the person on the right goes first.
If you are caught in a dust storm while driving, pull off the roadway and turn your lights off. Put your vehicle in park and take your foot off the brake pedal. By turning your lights off, you are less likely to be hit by another vehicle trying to follow your taillights through the storm.
This is a good time of the year to stock up on batteries for your flashlights, lanterns and portable radios. Make sure everyone in the house, including children, know what to do during a power outage. Flashlights or lanterns are a much safer alternative to candles, which can be a fire hazard.
During the summer months, more people, including children, are walking and biking to get to camps, summer school, summer jobs, recreational activities, etc. Crosswalks become busier, and motorists and pedestrians must work together to ensure everyone stays safe.
Pedestrians are required to use the crosswalk to cross the roadway and are required to walk while in the crosswalk. Pedestrians have the right of way while using the crosswalk and should only cross when the walk signal is illuminated.
While using a crosswalk, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings. Do not use a crosswalk while you’re on your phone, texting, listening to music or otherwise distracted. Vehicles might not see you; you should always be able to see and hear everything around you to ensure your safety.
Vehicles are required to yield the right of way to pedestrians who are lawfully in the crosswalk. Vehicle and pedestrian accidents commonly happen when a driver is making a right turn on a green light and a pedestrian is crossing the street, using the crosswalk. The vehicle driver sees a green light, the pedestrian sees the walk signal, and both proceed, causing an accident. It’s important for drivers to be aware of who is in the crosswalk before making a turn or continuing through an intersection.
The Peoria Police Department has noted an increase in foot traffic since school was released; residents can expect to see the same increase on the roadways and sidewalks. Pay extra attention to intersections and crosswalks during your daily travels so everyone stays safe this summer.
As we head deeper into the season, here’s some information and reminders to ensure everyone enjoys safe and enjoyable summer. We encourage parents and guardians to discuss safety and the following items. As always, you can contact the Police Department with any questions.
Everyone enjoys being out and about in the evening hours but please be safe and remember the City of Peoria has a curfew law. Peoria officers will continue to enforce these laws throughout the summer. The law prohibits teens from being in public during certain hours, seven days a week, unless accompanied by a legal guardian. It’s also illegal for a parent and/or guardian to allow a minor to be in public during curfew hours.
Age 15 and Under: 10 p.m.-5 a.m.
Ages 16-17: Midnight-5 a.m.
This time of year, we very often see a rise in underage alcohol offenses, whether at parties or behind the wheel of a car. The Peoria Police Department is committed to the safety of our youth and will continue to aggressively enforce all liquor laws. Please remember providing alcohol to minors is illegal. It’s also illegal to host parties where underage consumption is occurring, and the homeowner can be responsible for any civil actions.
It’s illegal for anyone under age 21 to possess or consume any amount of alcohol. All DUI laws also apply to minors, and even one drink can result in an arrest.
We understand teens are excited to drive but please remind your teen that safety is most important.
Give your full attention to driving.
Wear your seatbelt.
Watch your speed.
Do not text or allow any other distractions while driving.
Do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.