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ISP weighs in on the eclipse; urges motorists to “be prepared”

But...don't look at it without glasses, even when it's like this.

Posted by on Thursday, August 10th, 2017 @ 5:28 pm.

But...don't look at it without glasses, even when it's like this.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS - You'd think it was Y2K or something.

Unfortunately, unlike the predictions of disaster befalling our computer-run society everywhere on January 1, 2000, this is something real.

For all the hoopla going on with the upcoming eclipse (August 21), in which area we in south counties are sitting directly under, one would think folks are preparing for a disaster. And actually, it could get durned close. Not because of the celestial show itself nor any affect it could have on things, but rather, the supposed massive crowds that are going to throng the area, fill up every available motel, hotel, cabin, bed and breakfast, and campground, all for about two minutes of oohing and ahhing that happens fairly frequently all over the world on a regular basis....it's just that it's happening here, in little ol impoverished southern Illinois, and so....this is a big deal. For a couple of days, anyway.

Apparently people outside the direct path of the shadow of the eclipse, which can be seen in the attendant graphic, are supposed to be traveling to places within the path to see it full-on, and they're willing to have traveled from all over, even overseas, to bask in this two-minute shadow. Apparently, southern Illinois, unlike a place like, say Portland, Oregon, isn't used to being a destination location, and so the people here are a little overwrought. We're worried about things like trashed-out campsites, lack of porta-potties, cleaned-out grocery stores and the like. I mean, we're just not used to this. If it happened once a year, okay. But it doesn't happen here that often. People have, sadly and unfortunately, gotten a LOT dumber and more irresponsible than the last time our area experienced a total eclipse. Common sense is so extraordinarily rare, it is indeed something of a superpower. We don't know what to expect. And a lot of us are just hoping everybody gets their oohs and ahhs and then gets out. Quickly.

Ongoing press releases have only exacerbated the concern. We featured a post Saturday that had a combo of two pressers, both of them rather ominous. Now, we present another, this one from Illinois State Police which we were issued today:

Expect an Increase in Traffic Volume Prior To and After the Eclipse

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible across portions of Southern Illinois, and a partial eclipse will be visible across the entire state.  Illinois State Police (ISP) is reminding motorists to prepare for increased traffic volume leading up to and after the solar eclipse and to be aware of possible distracted drivers during the event.

Carbondale will be one of the nation’s prime viewing locations of the event and is home to the point of the greatest duration for the total solar eclipse.

Increased traffic flow on routes heading into and out of Carbondale is expected on the days leading up to and after the event.  Motorists traveling through Southern Illinois during this time are encouraged to plan ahead and allow for extra travel time.

Motorists should not observe the eclipse while driving or park on the side of the road to view the event.  Make sure to choose a safe location away from traffic to view the eclipse

“The total solar eclipse is an exciting event which could cause distractions for motorists,” stated Director Leo P. Schmitz.  “Please be sure to keep your headlights on for your safety throughout the entire day of the eclipse.  Also make sure to watch for motorists who may be slowing or stopping and pedestrians standing near or on the roadway trying to view the event,” he continued.

ISP continues to work with the Illinois Department of Transportation and local law enforcement agencies to prepare for the 2017 Solar Eclipse. For travel conditions on Illinois roadways, please go to www.gettingaroundillinois.com.

End presser

More on the eclipse as it becomes available...we'll be at our desks, working on the e-Edition when it happens; however, we wanna know: what's YOUR spot for the eclipse, and what are YOU going to be doing? Are you armed with your viewing glasses and everything's going to grind to a halt when it happens so everyone around you can stand outside and watch? Or are you just kinda 'meh' about it? Tell us!

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