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Driving mistake authorities say could have a tragic ending

As the cold weather continues to hit central Illinois, drivers are running into road closures due to water main breaks. (WICS)

As the cold weather continues to hit central Illinois, drivers are running into road closures due to water main breaks.

“If people are looking at their phones instead of looking at their environment, there's going to be a lot of accidents," said Patrick Sammons who drives often for work.

Springfield Police said when drivers are distracted, often times they don’t see the road signs.

However, the problem officers said they are seeing, are people who see the signs but choose to ignore them.

"We've seen it quite a few places where you'll have a water main break or some sort of repair service going on where you'll have no eastbound lanes and there should be no eastbound lanes and people will drive into the westbound traffic," said Sergeant Kris Rhodes with Springfield Police.

Rhodes said when a car goes around the road closure, it’s going the wrong direction, which could lead to accidents.

He said not only could it lead to accidents, but it is also illegal.

“What you're doing is you're disobeying a traffic control device so you could be stopped and cited for that," explained Rhodes.

The fine for disobeying a traffic control sign is up to $250.

Springfield Police officers said if people don't start paying attention to construction signs, the number of crashes will skyrocket.

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