Winter is back! OPP reminds drivers to make room for snowplows

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The recall comes after several accidents in the past 24 hours, one of which involved a plow

PRESS RELEASE
PROVINCIAL ONTARIO POLICE
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WASAGA BEACH, SPRINGWATER AND CLEARVIEW – Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Huronia West Detachment have responded to several motor vehicle crashes in the past 24 hours. Most of these collisions can be attributed to weather-related road conditions. In a collision this morning, a snow plow was involved.

The OPP would like to remind drivers to stay away from snow plows, trucks that spread sand / salt or anti-icing fluid with flashing blue lights. These vehicles travel slower than normal traffic and will be active on the roads before, during and after a snowfall or storm.

Even in the absence of snow, temperature fluctuations can cause dangerous ice to form on the roads. The Ontario Provincial Police ask drivers to be patient as it takes time to clear the roads after a snowfall. Never pass a working snowplow, it is very dangerous for you and the operator of the snowplow. Trying to pass between or around a snow plow could result in a serious or even fatal collision.

Drivers play an important role in the safety of winter roads and highways. The winter months are a particularly important time to stay focused on the road and other vehicles, and eliminate all distractions. One of the main causes of collisions that occur during the winter months is bad driving, not bad driving conditions. Slow down, stay alert and stay in control – these simple steps will go a long way in reducing the number of winter weather collisions on our roads.

Plan ahead, before hitting the road, check the weather and travel conditions, and don’t take chances if the weather is bad. Download the free Ontario 511 mobile app which provides real-time road conditions and traffic information. Allow yourself more time to get to your destination if the weather calls for heavy snowfall.

The Ontario Provincial Police and the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) are working together and doing their part to keep Ontario’s roads safe this winter. We rely on the drivers to do the same.

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