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EAST ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - With a taste of winter weather in the forecast this weekend, the Illinois Department of Transportation is gearing up.

By Friday night more than half of the 200 trucks in Metro East district will become salt and snow removal vehicles.

Kim Sanders drives her children around Collinsville, “I don’t want the snow when it comes to driving or anything like that.”

Like it or not winter weather is on the way. IDOT salt domes across the state are packed with more than a half a million tons of salt.  1,700 trucks are ready to plow some 16,000 miles of roads in the Land of Lincoln.

And even though the state has serious money problems that won’t stop crews from keeping motorists safe.  Joe Monroe and IDOT Engineer said, “We’ve never compromised on safety in the years we did not have an operating on budget we did not compromise on safety we are a priority.”

He said if there is one thing drivers could do to make things even safer would be take it easy, be courteous give other drivers space. He said that’s not what people do when it snows.  Monroe added, “The motoring public gets more aggressive during periods of inclement weather.”

He said there’s a 60 percent chance during any storm a car will smash into a plow truck, that revelation doesn’t surprise some drivers.  One woman said, “They seem to think they know better than they do.”  Another said, “They need to take it easy.”

Monroe does not know why people become more aggressive. He said even if no one is injured in wreck between a car and a salt truck the incident can affect a lot of people.  He said, “It takes that truck out of service which lowers the level of service for everyone else.”

IDOT has filled the salt domes in Metro East, more than enough salt is on hand to deal with an average winter. If they need more salt they already have contracts in place to ship more salt here.