Centre Hastings provincial police report several crashes in the snowfall, including:
- 12:40 p.m. – a vehicle with four occupants slid off Highway 62 just south of Ivanhoe where one person reported suffering minor injuries. The vehicle was towed from the ditch but it was still able to be driven away.
- 2:30 p.m. – a tractor trailer on Highway 62 near Halloway Heights Rd required assistance to get up the hill due to snow and ice accumulation on the road . Police assisted with traffic control and the truck was moved without incident.
- 3:20 p.m. – a southbound driver on Highway 62, just north of Eldorado lost control in the heavy slush and struck the guard rails. The vehicle was damaged but the driver wasn’t hurt.
Just to the west, between 10:45a.m. and 3:30 p.m. officers from Peterborough County OPP responded to 29 motor vehicle collisions.
Most of the crashes were the result of drivers failing to react to the change in weather and road conditions, police say.
Whatever the Season, Motorists are expected to do their part by maintaining their vehicles, driving with consideration for others and as the weather allows
Tips for Winter Driving
- Slow down and take your time – road conditions can change abruptly
- See and be seen – make sure your windows are clear and your lights are on if its snowing or between dusk and dawn
- Keep a greater distance between your vehicle and the one you’re following – it takes longer to stop on slippery roads
- Leave earlier and don’t rush if the roads are poor and weather isn’t good
- Do you have to travel? Unless its an emergency, stay home if the weather’s bad
- When travelling a long distance, let friends and/or family know your route and your expected time of arrival – be sure to check in on arrival at your destination
- Before you leave make sure your cell phone is charged and your vehicles ready to go
- Pay attention and don’t be distracted
The police services for the Province of Ontario investigate numerous motor vehicle collisions many of which could be avoided by driving slower, driving defensive and driving sober.
All drivers are responsible for the operation and actions of their vehicle on roadways and highways Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.
Don’t be a Statistic, Slow Down and Arrive Alive!