Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Drivers urged to adjust to road and weather conditions

With heavy snowfall expected today, officers of the Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are urging drivers to slow down to adjust to road and weather conditions.
Highways are currently snow covered with low visibility due to falling and blowing snow. It is recommended to increase stopping distances and adjust to slower speeds.

The public may telephone 511 or refer to the Ministry of Transportation website for Winter Road Condition Reports for road closures and up-to-date road conditions.
Motorists are reminded to take extra precaution and demonstrate patience around snow removal crews as they work to clear highways.
The OPP encourages motorists to use best practice around snow plows.
“Driving beside snow plows, passing or crowding plows puts drivers and snow plow operators at a risk of collision,” said OPP Cst. Anne McCoy.
“The best road conditions are behind snow plows. It is the safest place for drivers to be. So leave some distance and let the blue light lead the way”
For the official Northern Ontario Winter Road Conditions Report, go to: www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/conditions/northwestern.shtml

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