Drivers urged to be cautious

With a mix of rain, snow, and low temperatures resulting in a slippery surface on district roads this week, motorists should take heed—you can’t keep driving like it’s summertime.
“They should be adhering to the rules of the road as always, but slow down their travel. Adjust their driving accordingly to the weather and road conditions,” Fort Frances OPP Cst. Dereck McLean stressed this morning.
“People should give themselves ample time to let their vehicle warm up and be sure it’s free of any ice or snow [that may restrict visibility],” he added.
“And they should give themselves time to make it to their destination while driving at a reduced speed.
Cst. McLean noted since the week began, there already have been some examples of drivers not yet changing their habits for the season.
“There’s been no serious accidents. But obviously, there’s been some cases of vehicles leaving the roadways and going into ditches, and your minor MVCs [motor vehicle collisions].
“But no serious injuries to report,” he remarked.
“There is a transition period there. People just have to acquire their winter driving skills again,” said Cst. McLean. “But more than anything, it’s a matter of taking their time and slowing down.
“That’s the biggest thing—speed.”
Cst. McLean also stressed that people should not call 9-1-1 or the OPP Communications Centre at 1-888-310-1122 for road conditions.
Instead you should contact the Ontario Ministry of Transportation hotline at 1-800-465-5034 or check out its road condition website.

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