Drive below speed limit in poor weather

Travellers are being asked to slow down and consider winter driving conditions, for it could be a matter of life and death.

  • Dec. 21, 2012 4:00 p.m.

Travellers are being asked to slow down and consider winter driving conditions, for it could be a matter of life and death.

As the winter season is gearing up and the snow is falling down, Chase RCMP would like to remind those taking to the roads to be extremely cautious.

From Nov. 1 until early morning on Dec. 18 there had been a total of 19 accidents reported in the area.

Of these accidents, two resulted in injury, nine in damage over $1,000, and eight in damage under $1000.

Fortunately no fatalities have occurred in any of these incidents.

However, when people drive recklessly or carelessly in wintry conditions, they not only put their own lives at risk, but the lives of others on the road as well.

“There is a chronic problem where people continue to drive at or above the speed limits when conditions require them to go well under,” says Sgt. Gary Heebner of the Chase RCMP. “They are driving too close, passing when the roads are slushy, and not giving themselves enough time.”

With new snow falling almost daily, drivers must prepare ahead of time and plan for the worst conditions.

“Remember to leave early, give yourself extra time, slow down, and arrive safe,” he says.

If you witness an accident while on your travels, the RCMP ask that you pull over,  check for injuries and obstructions to traffic, and immediately call 9-1-1.


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