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Three fatal collisions in 24 hours leads OPP to urge safe winter driving

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The North East Region of the OPP is reminding the public of the importance of winter driving preparedness.

There have been three fatal motor vehicle collisions in a short period of time in three separate areas within the region. The OPP advises that everyone has a responsibility to drive safely for their sake and that of others.

Safe-driving tips from the OPP:

  • Be aware of the weather and drive according to the weather conditions
  • Be well rested
  • Wear your seatbelt
  • Equip your vehicle with a winter survival kit, windshield washer fluid, road flares and jumper cables
  • Give yourself extra time to get to your destination and delay your trip if the weather is bad
  • Leave extra space between vehicles i.e.) don’t follow too closely
  • Don’t drink and drive
  • Consider using winter tires

The weather can affect driving conditions but there are other contributing factors when it comes to vehicle crashes:

  • Driver error
  • Poor vehicle maintenance
  • Distracted driving
  • Impairment
  • Fatigue
  • Driving experience
  • Failure to use safety equipment

 

 

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