Collisions on rise

Over the weekend of Dec. 14-16, officers of the Rainy River District OPP investigated six motor vehicle collisions.
The OPP wishes to report that the number of motor vehicle collisions has increased by 57 percent over the past month, with the majority of these collisions involving wild animals.
Given that periods of poor winter driving conditions are expected over the next several months, police are urging motorists to drive with the utmost care.
Reducing vehicle speed and increasing your distance when following over motorists increase your chances of avoiding a collision.
Wearing your seatbelt, and ensuring all other vehicle occupants also buckle up, will reduce your likelihood of sustaining serious injury should a crash occur.
As well, during the festive season, motorists are encouraged to report possible impaired drivers to police.
Cell phone users who dial *OPP immediately will be connected to the OPP Communication Centre in their area.
When you call the OPP, police will need to know the vehicle description, location, and direction of travel.
The licence plate number, if it can be obtained safely, provides immediate, useful information to police.