48 Hours, 29 Collisions

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In the last 48 hours the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service has received 29 calls related to motor vehicle collisions. In two incidents persons received minor injuries.

There are three key elements to driving safe in the winter and they are: Stay alert, Slow down and Stay in control.

The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service would like to remind motorists of the following
-Slow down!! Speed too fast for the road conditions is the #1 cause of winter crashes
-Leave more space between vehicles. Stopping distances on snowy roads are at least double then on normal dry roads. Icy road conditions require an even longer stopping distance
-Be ready for rapidly changing road and driving conditions. Blowing snow may suddenly reduce visibility. Gusty winds can cause ice to form quickly.

-Ensure you have a scraper/snow-brush in your vehicle and use it. Clear your windshield and windows off to ensure you have good visibility. Make sure you have good wipers designed for winter conditions.
-Clear the snow off of head lights and brake lights. This will allow drivers to see you. It will also let the person behind you know that you are slowing down or stopping.

If you are travelling outside of the City make sure your vehicle is winter ready. Ensure your gas tank is at least half full in the event you get stranded. Keep track of where you are so that if you need to call for help you know where you are. And ensure your cell phone is charged so that if you need to use it you can.
If you wish to know road conditions for travelling in Ontario call 511.

The Weather Network currently has our city under a snow squall watch. So expect some blowing and drifting snow.
In addition we are under an extreme cold warning. Give yourself extra time to warm up your vehicle and clear off your windows to ensure good visibility.

Stay safe and collision free!