Rockford Scanner™: Importance of Dash Cameras

Hey everyone. I want to remind you all of the importance of dash cameras.

With all these unlicensed drivers, as well as all the hit and run accidents that have been happening lately. I cannot stress enough how important it is that you have a QUALITY dash camera recording at all times when you’re driving.

A dash camera turns a “He said she said” incident where who knows what comes out, to a no doubt about it, this is exactly what happened situation.

A dash camera records and tells only the truth. So if the other driver that caused the accident tries to lie and say things happened differently and it’s YOUR fault.

Your dash camera puts them in their place real fast, hopefully with an additional falsifying a police report charge tacked on.

What’s important to look for? Where should I get one? How much should I spend? I know…. There’s lot’s of questions. I’m going to cover these as best as I can.

What’s important to look for? Well, you want a good quality camera for starters. NO This does not include the cheap $10-$20 dash cameras at Walmart for example. If this is all you can afford, ANY camera is better than no camera, get that and save up for a better one.

Ideally though you’re looking for 1080P MINIMUM. A good quality 1080p dash camera will get a license plate readable to a decent distance, roughly 60-75 feet, I really think anything beyond 75 feet is pushing the limits of even a good 1080p camera.

Now if you get a good 4k camera, this distance increases a bit. Note I have not tested my gopro hero to an exact length but I believe you can extend that to 75-100 feet maybe more that you can read a license plate on video.

Another feature you’re really going to find useful is GPS, GPS records your coordinates, speed, and heading on the screen.

This can be useful to prove if you were, or were not speeding. This often times can be a factor in contributing accident fault, or innocence.

Wifi is a useful feature for using a larger cell phone or tablet screen to aim and adjust the camera, but I’ve found it to be really slow for file transfers. I ALWAYS suggest either plug the camera into your computer, or put the memory card into a memory card reader, this will be MANY times faster.

Where should I buy a dash camera? Well, any time we suggest a link, people whine and complain about it.

So you decide, Ebay, and Amazon, are good suggestions. When you get there search “Dash Camera” and when you find a model you think you like, don’t click buy just yet!!!

There’s still a little bit more homework to do still. But this is pretty easy. Take the company name and model of the camera over to YouTube.

You’re going to find examples of footage, and reviews on that specific camera. If it sucks, they’ll tell you it sucks.

YouTube is brutal in this aspect, but an extremely valuable tool for the same reason. If you’re still happy with what you see, click buy.

Get a good size memory card, I rarely suggest anyone use anything smaller than 16 gigs. 32 gigs is a good size for most peoples needs. Class 10 for 1080p. And Class U3 for 4k cameras.

Good luck and safe driving.


Rockford Scanner™: Accident-Magedon, First Winter Storm Of The Season

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As the first winter storm hits our area of the season, expect “Accident-Magedon”  to possibly happen.  We all know it always happens every season. And when it hits, it will be Sunday during the day and evening so many are out on the roads because of church and the weekend.

So we wanted to point out a few things.

  • They will probably enforce the accident plan. Which means if you are involved in a non-injury accident. Then you and the other party exchange information and then go to the police station to file an accident report.
  • Carry an emergency kit with you.
  • Charge your cell phone
  • Drive slow and allow extra traveling time
  • Dress warm

They said this will be the heavy wet snow.  Which is bad on several levels.  It will probably cause power outages in the area. So please be prepared for extended periods of possible power outages.

Also wet heavy snow means exactly that, Wet and heavy.  We recommend snow-blowing the snow. If you are not able to please be extremely careful shoveling.  Take breaks, stay hydrated, shovel in layers, dress warm, etc…

Hire a neighborhood kid to shovel your snow, if possible .

If you are stuck in the snow, do not panic. Stay calm. This is why we recommend you bringing a shovel along with you when you travel.  Or you can call a tow truck.

Also do not forget the odd/evening parking!  Do not park on the roads, if you have a driveway. If you need to park on the road, then remember the odd/even parking. The quicker a snowplow can travel down a roadway, the quicker they can plow your road.

Last few seasons the plows in Rockford missed many residential roads. I can’t tell you how many times we had people contacting us on it.  So expect the same thing again this season as well.  They plow the major roads first, then the residential areas last.  That is why it is important you do not park on the roads, so they can travel faster and are able to get more roads plowed.

Below is from the city of Rockford website

The End of Your Driveway

The City’s crews and contractors use side discharge plows. As the plows move forward, snow moves along the blade from the left to the right. The discharge from the blade is deposited along the curb or in the grass boulevard on the city right of way. This discharge, officially known as a “windrow”, ends up leaving a relatively small amount of snow in driveway approaches along the route. While we understand the aggravation this can cause, this natural result of plowing is unavoidable.

Your Mailbox

The goal of the Street Maintenance Department is to clear the streets for travel. No matter how hard we try, it is not possible to provide perfect conditions for your mail carrier. Final clearing adjacent to mailboxes is the responsibility of each resident.

Here’s the postcard we got from the postmaster last season regarding clearance to mailboxes:

Snow postcard

Street Section Supervisor – (779) 348-7260

  • The City is responsible for ice and snow control on City streets.
  • Residents are responsible for their sidewalks and alleys.
  • Neither snow nor ice from sidewalks or private property shall be deposited in the street or piled so high as to obstruct motorists’ view.
  • Where ice cannot be removed, the business shall use sand, salt, or other suitable substance that will prevent the ice from being dangerous.
  • Odd/Even parking is in effect during most snow clearing operations. Changes at 8 am.

In order for our crews to remove snow and ice from city streets, we must have the ability to safely and effectively maneuver a plow up and down our streets. If a snow or ice storm reaches the point that streets are becoming difficult to clear, city officials can declare a Snow Emergency. A Snow Emergency requires that vehicles be parked on the odd side of the street when the date ends in an odd number and on the even side of the street when the date ends on an even number. For example, on January 5th you would park on the odd side of the street. Police and public works crews will issue parking tickets at the cost of $50.00 to vehicles that are parked on the wrong side of the street. It’s safe to assume that if it’s snowing the Odd/Even Parking is in effect.

Important Points To Remember

  • If your street is marked as “No Parking” on one side of the street, the Snow Emergency Declaration allows you to park legally in the restricted area during the time that the Snow Emergency Declaration is in effect.
  • The Odd/Even Parking is in effect so that plows can safely go down the streets. The next day when the parking changes, to the other side of the street, the plows may or may not return to clear the other side. If at all possible, please remove your vehicle from the street.
  • Do not assume that you can move your car when the street is plowed. Your car must remain parked appropriately until after the Snow Emergency has been lifted.
  • All vehicles must be moved to the correct side of the street at 8:00 a.m.

SNOW HOTLINE: 779-348-7260

Snow and Ice


We hope everyone stays safe and prepare for the possibility of this storm. And if you must travel, please be very careful and follow some of the tips above.

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Below is the most recent forecast at the time of writing this

Rockford Scanner™: Good afternoon everyone, I wanted to go over a few things with you

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Rockford Scanner®: Update Forecast From the NWS, Chance of A Winter Storm This Weekend

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216 PM CST Fri Nov 23 2018

Including the cities of Rockford, Belvidere, Woodstock, Oregon,
Dixon, and DeKalb
216 PM CST Fri Nov 23 2018


* WHAT…Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations in excess
of 6 inches possible. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

* WHERE…Portions of north central and northeast Illinois.

* WHEN…From Sunday morning through Sunday evening.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel could be very difficult. Snow
covered roads and significantly reduced visibility are possible.


A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant
snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue
to monitor the latest forecasts.

Update from the NWS

Through Saturday…

Concerns center on a period of generally lighter rain this evening
into the overnight hours.

A broad upper trough extends through the nation’s heartland this
afternoon. High pressure to our east ahead of this system is
leading to a period of breezy southeast winds. The strongest
forcing and better moisture will pass by to our south, but the
trough axis will drive an area of rain through the area tonight.
We could start to see some spotter rain fall out of the mid to
higher cloud deck in the evening, though confidence is higher in
the more organized rain shield spreading through the area late
evening into the overnight hours. Some areas may see a few tenths
of an inch of rain.

The rain will taper to drizzle with some lingering low level
clouds into Saturday morning. Certainly some areas will clear out
behind the system, and with mild west southwest winds in place,
temperatures will again top out in the 40s northwest to the 50s
across Chicago and points south and east.



209 PM CST

Sunday through Friday…

Winter storm system will be the primary concern during the long
term forecast period. Several inches of accumulating snowfall
expected across portions of northern Illinois, though details in
precise placement and timing still remain in flux. From 24 hours
ago, guidance has had a pronounced southward shift in the surface
low track, bringing more favorable conditions for accumulating
snowfall farther south across the forecast area, including the
Chicago metro area. Upper wave that will be responsible for the
late weekend snow is still over the northern Pacific and may be
sampled by the 00Z RAOB network this evening, though more likely
sampled by the 12Z launch tomorrow. Guidance should hopefully have
a better handle on the details in the next 24 hours as a result.

What we know… Strong upper level disturbance over the northern
Pacific is progged to move over the Pacific Northwest this evening
and tonight and dig into the southern/central Great Plains early
on Sunday. Surface low will deepen in response lifting from
Missouri early Sunday morning across the Midwest Sunday evening.
Warm advection wing will overspread the region early in the day
Sunday allowing the column to saturate and for precipitation to
eventually reach the surface. P-type details will still have to be
worked out, but precip may start off as rainfall in some areas
before transitioning over to snow for the remainder of the event.
There will likely be a swath of heavy snow left of the surface low
track. Confidence is highest in accumulating snow over far north
and northwest Illinois and diminishes farther south.

Details that still need to be worked out… Surface low track is
the main area of uncertainty. While there has been a pronounced
southward shift from yesterday’s guidance, the latest suite of 12Z
guidance still has important inter-model differences that will
impact the location of heaviest snow. Meso-scale banding will be a
concern within the axis of heaviest snow. Guidance indicates a
corridor of strong f-gen which will help enhance snow totals for
some locations. In addition, lapse rates above 700/600mb remain
steep at times and could help to promote a deep vertical response
to forcing. SREF/GEFS plumes really highlight the uncertainty well
showing a broad range of no snow to over a foot of snowfall in
some members.

Bottom line… A winter storm appears likely somewhere across
eastern Iowa, northern Illinois, and southern Wisconsin, though
details in the placement of the heaviest snow remains low within
50- 100 miles. Rain/Snow line is favored to set up over the CWA,
but again confidence is low within 50-100 miles. Either way,
travel impacts Sunday are likely, and may potentially become
significant for some locations.

Monday through Thursday… Slow moving upper low over the Great
Lakes will keep the local area locked into a colder but primarily
dry pattern through most of the upcoming week. Surface ridge axis
will extend from the Canadian Prairies into the lower Mississippi
Valley Monday through Wednesday keeping us under colder northwest
flow. May have to keep an eye out for some lower amplitude
clippers that could bring some snow into the CWA or nearby, but
primarily expect dry weather to prevail. The ridge will gradually
shift east to the midwest Thursday. Another southwest low may
impact the region late in the week.




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Rockford Scanner®: Stroll On State Street Event Information & Parking

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If you plan on attending the Stroll on State Street event, here are a few things you should know!  We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful time down at the event.

  • 3 p.m. – Stroll on State’s Merry & Bright Holiday Parade
  • 4 – 9 p.m. – Randy Finch Ice Brigades live ice sculpting
  • 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. – Fire & Ice displays
  • 6 p.m. – City of Rockford Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • 6:15 p.m. – Sky Lights Fireworks Show


The parking lots and garages labeled in red are recommended parking lots for guests attending Stroll on State. Parking in downtown parking decks will be $5 per car. Surface lots are free of charge. On street parking is free and posted regulations apply.

The shuttle bus locations include:

  • Illinois Bank & Trust
    4048 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108
  • Heartland Community Church
    1280 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108
  • YMCA 
    200 Y Blvd., Rockford, IL 61107




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Rockford Scanner®: Accident With Injuries, Vehicle On Fire

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Mike B. sent us this:
“Multiple MVA on I-90 at 6:20 pm (Thurs night) at mile marker 27. Car vs semi. Car hit rear of semi causing the vehicle to go airborne, smashing the cab and landing in the grass. The car was in fire when I got to the scene.

I was able to get a male victim out of the car, and then rush to get the fire extinguisher from the semi and put the fire out before Belvidere Fire actually got there.

Happened on Thanksgiving Day.

Everyone seemed to be ok, minus one male who had a hip injury. The other three occupants were not injured.”



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Rockford Scanner®: Death Investigation At A Rockford Business

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Sources reporting just before 11:30 am this morning, emergency personnel were on scene of a death investigation in Rockford.

Reports of a dead body at a business in the 5400 block of E State st.

No details are available, due to the encryption.

We can confirm a dead body. But unknown on the circumstances.




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Rockford Scanner®: Possibility Of A Winter Storm This Weekend

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NWS: An early-season winter storm will affect the Midwest late in the weekend. Precipitation may begin as early as late Saturday night, with a rain-snow mix across northwest and north central Illinois and rain elsewhere.

Precipitation may change to all snow from west to east Sunday night, with the potential for several inches of accumulation before ending early Monday morning.

Strong gusty north winds will also develop. At this time, it appears that areas northwest of the I-55 corridor across northern Illinois have the greatest potential for significant accumulation.

However, the exact track of the storm remains uncertain, so remain alert for further updates



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Rockford Scanner®: Possible House Fire In Loves Park, Several Units En Route

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Around 10:45 pm tonight several emergency personnel were responding to a possible house fire in Loves Park

It happened in the 700 block of River lane in Loves Park

Reports of a house on fire near this location.

LPFD, NPFD, LPPD are all en route.

Still developing




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Rockford Scanner®: Two People Shot Near The District Bar Downtown

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On 11/22/18 around 2:09 am, Officers from the Rockford Police Department responded to a local Hospital for two shooting victims.

The victims advised they were shot inside the parking lot of 205 W. State Street, (Parking lot of District Bar in downtown Rockford) while they were sitting in a vehicle.  Both were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

No suspect description was provided.

This is as ongoing investigation.  Anyone with information can call the Rockford Police at 815-966-2900, or Rockford Area Crime Stoppers (815) 963-7867




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