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Police remind motorists to drive with caution as winter weather arrives

For Immediate Release:01-Nov-2017 @ 4:08 PM
MRU #:17R132

The Edmonton Police Service is reminding motorists to slow down and drive safely as the city’s first snow fall results in less than ideal road conditions.

From 6 a.m. to 3:30 pm today, a total of 134 collisions were reported to the EPS. This includes:

 

  • 110 property damage collisions
  • 6 injury collisions
  • 18 hit and run collisions

 

As the season continues to shift from fall to winter, the EPS reminds motorists to drive for the road conditions and give themselves extra time to travel, especially when roads are icy or snow covered.

 

Winter driving tips:

  • Unless absolutely necessary, avoid travelling in poor conditions.
  • If you must travel, plan your route ahead of time and expect a longer commute.
  • Check road conditions prior to out-of-town or highway travel.
  • Make sure that your car is properly cleared of snow and ice before you begin your drive.
  • Keep headlights turned on at all times to increase visibility.
  • Slow down when road conditions are poor. Remember that posted speed limits are for ideal conditions and slowing down may be necessary when roads are slick.
  • Try to avoid sudden movements by anticipating stops, turns and lane changes in advance.
  • Increase your following and stopping distances.
  • Turn with caution. Signal well in advance of turns and perform all checks (mirror and shoulder). Allow more time and increased distances to complete turns, especially when turning left across oncoming traffic.
  • Remember that bridge decks can become slippery – use extra caution in these areas.
  • Ensure that your vehicle is ready for the colder weather ahead. Make sure that your tires are checked regularly for proper inflation and that your battery can handle the extra demands of powering defrosters, heated seats, etc.
  • Have extra clothing, a blanket and other items in your vehicle in the event you have to wait on the side of the road in cold weather.
  • If you are involved in a collision, follow our guidelines so you know what to do.

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Please contact Carolin Maran at (780) 421-3544 for more information.

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