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RCMP remind motorists to be careful in winter driving conditions

Shortly after 9:30 a.m. on January 31, the Prince George RCMP responded to a single-vehicle collision on Ospika Boulevard near Davis Road. A motorist lost control of their vehicle when it hit a patch of ice and then collided with a lamp standard. Thankfully, the motorist was uninjured and no other vehicles were involved. This is less than one week after another, more serious incident shut down Ospika Boulevard for several hours as emergency crews dealt with a two-vehicle incident at the same location.

The Prince George RCMP would like to remind motorists that winter driving could lead to rapidly changing road conditions. Leaving early, slowing down and driving to the road and weather conditions are key to arriving to your destination safely.

Proper equipment such as good winter tires, windows free of frost or snow (that means all of your windows!) and turning on your headlights can increase your chances of avoiding a collision.

A proper emergency kit is also a good piece of equipment to have in your vehicle during the winter. Items such as a first aid kit, battery jumper cables and a shovel and traction mat are some good examples of what to have on hand during the winter.

Sergeant Kyle Ushock, head of the Prince George RCMP’s Traffic Services Unit, would also like to remind drivers that it is important to obey road closures in case of a motor vehicle incident: “During several recent road closures motorists have driven around marked police cars and flaggers blocking the roads. This puts the lives of emergency crews at risk and complicates an already chaotic scene.”

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