OPP issue warning because of 3 fatal collisions in the past 24 hours

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Winter highway

SAFE WINTER DRIVING IS IMPERATIVE

Sault Ste. Marie Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) advise the motoring public to remain diligent throughout their travels on locals highways.

There have been 3 fatal motor vehicle collisions in the past 24 hours within the North East Region highways.

Staff Sergeant Michael Maville-Detachment Commander, Sault Ste. Marie OPP would like to remind motorists to adjust their driving habits; “Preparing yourself and your vehicle for safe winter driving may reduce the risk of collisions”.

Check the current weather conditions and the forecast and monitor the media for weather and road conditions.

Allow extra time travelling to and from destinations in winter and slow down. Travel below the posted limit in winter driving conditions.
Leave ample space between vehicles. Always assume road conditions will be slippery in winter.

  • Ensure your vehicle is mechanically safe and sound.
  • Put winter tires on your vehicle.
  • Make sure your heater and defroster is working properly.
  • Check all your lights to ensure they are working including your hazards.
  • Make sure your windows are ALL clear of ice and snow.
  • Ensure your wiper blades are in good working condition.
  • Fill up your windshield washer fluid and make sure the sprayers are working properly.

The weather can affect driving conditions, however, other contributing factors for vehicle crashes may include:

  • Driver error
  • Poor vehicle maintenance
  • Distracted driving
  • Impairment
  • Fatigue
  • Driving experience
  • Failure to use safety equipment

Travelers can obtain road conditions by calling 511 or by visiting the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) website at: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/trip/index.shtml

 

5 COMMENTS

  1. No one listens, everyone thinks they are Smarter than the rules. Time for the cops of the town to start pulling people with late stickers over(seen lots from 2015 still on the road)
    People don’t clean anything except their windshield of and even that isn’t completely clear. No one clears the back windows.
    And those who leave roofs full of snow create drifts behind them and makes a white out condition for the vehicle behind them. And that really annoys me so I just just layyyyyyy on the horrrrrnnnnnn!!! I’m sick of no one clearing off their cars. Time
    For some people to lose their cars with hefty fines for not complying with the rules of the road!!

    • DEE…..you stated…No one clears the back windows….that is a bit if a stretch. I GUESS YOU MISSED ME ON THE ROAD WITH A NICELY CLEANED OFF CAR.

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