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Police Discuss Dangers of Walking On Illinois River

EAST PEORIA - The Illinois River has frozen over which is inviting to some but police warn about dangers of the ice.
Temperatures have been cold enough recently to freeze over the Illinois River and the Fondulac Park District Police have been responding to stuck boaters and ice fisherman. 

"It's not entirely common for accidents to happen but they do happen", says Chief Michael Johnson of the Fondulac Park District Police. 
He says people all the time venture out one the frozen river with ATVs, motorcycles and vehicles all the time but says there are some limitations to doing so.

According to Johnson, it's illegal to be on the river unless you've accessed it through privately owned property. 
If you are legally on the river then you must stay clear of barge traffic shipping lanes. 

"Yes you can be on the river legally but I wouldn't recommend it, the ice is constantly moving creating cracks that you could fall through", says Johnson. 

He says ice less than 2" thick can be very dangerous and easy to fall through.

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