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12 hours - 29 collisions. Time to dust off the winter driving skills

Thursday, December 12, 2013   by: Staff



Motor vehicle collisions and road safety tips

Yesterday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. City Police received 29 reports of motor vehicle collisions.  

Road conditions played a role in the majority of them.

The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service would like to remind motorists to adjust their driving to the road conditions as well.

Remember to slow down and allow yourself a little more stopping time. 

Clean the snow off of your vehicles and ensure your windows are clear and you have good visibility.

Don’t forget to clean the snow off of your headlights and taillights. 

If your taillights are covered with snow the car behind can’t see your brake lights.

And if you plan on travelling any distances, always ensure you have an emergency kit in the vehicle with you including blankets and warm clothing. 

Your kit should also include a first aid kit, jumper cables, and flares. 

You may also want a cell phone charger in your car too. And always let someone know when you are leaving, expected to arrive and the route you will be taking.

( photo by Rob Speers shows a City of Sault Ste. Marie sidewalk plow askance on the sidewalk yesterday morning near Northern Heights Public School)


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Beej 12/12/2013 9:17:05 AM Report

As usual, the body shop owners will have a VERY merry christmas.
Tiajah 12/12/2013 9:24:54 AM Report

For those of you who feel the need to be right on the rear end of the vehicle in front of you......DON"T DO IT....your not going to go any faster then the vehicle in front so keep back until your clear to pass. And what is with the roadway bullying that some people feel is their right? It's winter time people....the roads are slippery....SLOW DOWN, STAY BACK amd BE A LITTLE CONSIDERATE TO THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU.
Bad Dawg 12/12/2013 9:55:17 AM Report

Dust off the winter driving skills??.......more like IDIOTS SHOULD DUST OFF THEIR CARS!!!!!
evenflow82 12/12/2013 9:59:04 AM Report

snow makes the road slippery...always has, always will. this isn't a recent development.

the snowplows don't make direct contact with the road. what little is left on the pavement gets compressed into a pretty slick sheet that gets sanded, however, when certain automotive nimrods hammer on the gas, it gets polished into an even slipperier surface.

long story short. leave extra distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. slow down. snow tires are always an added bonus. go easy when you're taking off from a stop sign/light. downshift on hills to let the engine help with braking.

and most important....if it's not a life or death situation, just stay home. you'll be in your home, warm, snug...and your car won't get wrecked. seriously, what's more important? a big mac?

Sam C 12/12/2013 10:02:33 AM Report

Tiajah... that is one of my biggest pet peeves!

To the person tailgating me -- I'm sorry you're in a hurry. Maybe you're late for work. Maybe you didn't count on taking 5 extra minutes to sweep your vehicle off (or maybe you just didn't bother).

Whatever the reason, getting closer will NOT make me go faster, and will more likely result in you either running into me from behind, or losing control and sliding off the road (or worse, into oncoming traffic) when I have to brake.

However long it takes you to get to work (or get home) in the summer, add at least 10 minutes -- more likely 15-20 in conditions like yesterday -- in the winter.

There's nothing wrong with getting there a few minutes early.

btw, the fine for not sweeping your vehicle off is $85.
cheshirecat 12/12/2013 10:13:54 AM Report

1) buy winter tires
2) you dont need to go 20 kph
3) brush your car off
4) turn your lights on and actually signal
5) soo drivers are terrible in the summer
Lone24 12/12/2013 10:22:46 AM Report

Funny how they always blame accidents on the road conditions. The fault comes mainly from the driver itself in this city. They are either in a dam hurry or right on your ass when your doing the proper speed limit. People seem to think they don't have to obey speed limits. Only common sense tells you to drive safer if the roads are bad, but I guess a lot don't have any common sense.
thumbs4208 12/12/2013 10:24:40 AM Report

Soo driver are terrible true all the time
1/slow down
2/stop the distracted driving( dogs - text - etc)
3/tailgaiters - back off - if you hit someone you are to blame - no argument - if you don't know if your tailgating you are)
4/clean off your car and do a walk around
5/refer to rules 1- 5
F-IS-H 12/12/2013 10:33:00 AM Report

You dont necessarily need winter tires but they do help. Care and control of your vehicle is a huge thing right there and so is speed. If you dont know how to handle your vehicle in split second situations, you shouldnt be drivin as fast as you do. The tires on my truck last year were as bald as ever but yet i had no problem with accidents or gettin around town, rarely used 4x4 too. I can tell you there was a few close calls on behalf of the morons who drive past their abilities
Ski-Dude 12/12/2013 10:41:05 AM Report

Note to self: Slow down more to allow for adequate stopping distance for when the idiot ahead to cuts me off.

Bunch of meatheads out there
jojo12345 12/12/2013 11:13:53 AM Report

what make me laugh is when you are trying to be careful taking your time to make sure nothing happen
but you are having those brain dead who will pass you as fast as they could start to slide..
and end up in a bank of snow
what are they trying to prove
Pakadeva 12/12/2013 11:17:20 AM Report

I see it all the time. Last night coming down McNabb/St. Georges shortly after 10:00 PM, roads were slick at best, whiteouts, etc. I was driving according to conditions, between 40-50, a car speeds up behind me & tears off on the other side of the road & jumps ahead of me, driving like a maniac! If this person ended up in an accident, I would NOT be surprised! Someone mentioned animals & texting (on the phone factors in here too); I see animals in the front seat in the drivers face ALL the time, leave the animals home, or strapped in the back seat for THEIR safety if you don't wanna be safe yourself! Texting & people on the phone is constant! I have to watch out more than normal for all of them, therefore you are too. You sit at a green light because the texter in front of you hasn't noticed it. You proceed through YOUR green light & the texter/on the phone person, hasn't noticed that theirs is red & plough right through the light. Then there's the drivers that feel the right to go right through the red light...I waited for THREE cars running the light after it turned red, just 2 days ago. For every bad driver there has to be VERY good drivers to avoid accidents with them! Ya, brush up your driving skills & in many cases that would mean STAY OFF THE ROAD altogether so others can be safe!
maplesyrup 12/12/2013 11:17:54 AM Report

F-I-S-H, if you or anyone else, think running around with bald tires, in winter, is acceptable think again. Winter tires do make a difference of maybe 2 feet, vital to saving yourself from an accident or death. Look it up on the internet, winter tires are made of different material made for colder weather. All season radials (turn into hockey pucks)are for May to November. Most insurance companies require winter tires before insuring a fleet of cars. Soon it will be mandatory. Find a good sale and invest in a life saving product.
F-IS-H 12/12/2013 11:29:02 AM Report

Glad you're trying to educate me on something i already know. Look back at my previous comment, think about it. My driving record speaks for itself. Learn how to drive and make due with what you can afford.
kamen 12/12/2013 11:43:07 AM Report

I was almost hit twice yesterday and that's not even with the weather conditions in mind. One guy almost ran me over turning into Food Basics parking lot and another almost hit me down on Trunk Road...forget the driving conditions, people just need to learn how to drive period....
kw126 12/12/2013 12:32:39 PM Report

Simply slowing down and taking more time is huge for preventing accidents. If you are late for work due to snowy conditions, the chances are the rest of the people there will understand.. if you are driving like an idiot and get into an accident, you are definitely going to be missing a lot more time at work than if you just drove according to the conditions. Also people who turn out of side streets into the turning lane and expect the flow of traffic to stop just to let them in... not going to happen - especially in a snowstorm where we can barely see the vehicles ahead of us to begin with. Wait for a clearing like everyone else has to, you're just putting everyone else in danger this way. If there is a driver driving super slow on the highways or roads obviously they are a bit nervous to be driving in the conditions, ease up and lay off until you have a good chance to pass... being right on their ass isn't going to get you any closer to where you are going and is most likely just making the people even more nervous than they already are and could cause an accident that was totally preventable!
Nunavut 12/12/2013 1:08:34 PM Report

I agree with all the safety tips suggested above.....but the city also has a responsiblity, and so I have to ask when did sand become worth more than gold, because between 4pm and 11 pm last night and still again this morning Trunk Road and Wellington (and hwy 17 east) did not have a speck of sand on it so by this morning long after storm was over it was packed into glare ice.

Second issue is the City is still letting the contractor keep Queen St east closed, so traffic (like after Hockey game) has to all funnel down Wellington that is barely 4 lanes when its summer and during snow season is three and a half lanes. Then they wonder why accidents happen on that stretch....OPEN QUEEN !!!!!!!!!
rlmac 12/12/2013 1:14:44 PM Report

A lot of true comments posted here but I would like to see our Police Traffic Division spend a little more time monitoring "moving violations" such as "following too closely" and "distracted driving" rather than simply driving and driving around the City. The countless idiots who run red lights, speed and follow too closely in both good and bad weather should be stopped, identified and ticketed. I am not sure that things are going to change until they are. I'm not an expert, but it seems to me that posting a cruiser at a busy intersection to identify the lawbreaker and radioing to a second patrol car to pull them over and actually charging them would not only help to erradicate the problem but also add $$$ to the City coffers! It's time for the regular careless drivers to pay for their behaviours instead of the law-abiding citizen paying for car repairs!
Dead End Kid 12/12/2013 1:42:32 PM Report

Three strikes and you're out. If you are charged for three road infractions within two years you lose your license for six months or a year. It isn't only the drunk drivers who cause accidents.
graphix-guy 12/12/2013 5:39:31 PM Report

The roads weren't sanded until this morning. When the collisions stopped. A lot of good points above but it was dangerous out there last night with winter tires in 4x4. And it stopped snowing so it shoulda been done.
Powerslave 12/13/2013 5:14:37 PM Report

Really? And posting things that are a matter of common sense are going to be done by idiots? I think not.
Powerslave 12/13/2013 5:18:06 PM Report

Gunning an engine is not smart and only creates slick snow and/or ice. Use what they teach in driving school: drop the transmission into low 1 or low 2 and start moving. get some speed up and then shift to drive/overdrive (overdrive should be used in town as well).
Stugatzu 12/13/2013 8:41:40 PM Report

I'll say this again.. with the same conviction -- this city is absolutely full of bad, distracted and plain stupid drivers.

You can't see the lines at an intersection, because it is covered in snow -- doesn't mean that you and your stupid mini-van should be out in the MIDDLE of the intersection stopped waiting for the light to change... I'm sure you're a real prize when it comes to commercial trucks not being able to make a right turn, because of YOU...

that guy wailing on his air horns and flipping you the finger and telling you to get off the F'ing road... is me.

Same goes for the last minute lane changer.... go ahead... try to speed up to squeeze in front of me... I got no qualms with maintaining speed, ripping your rear bumper off, tearing the side of your car open like it was a tin can... and then just swatting you out of the way... I'm sorry, but I'm not going to jeopardize other people's safety just to let you into my lane, because you were to distracted to know where you should have been five minutes ago.

Or.. the morons with the 300+ HP V8 engines in their 4x4 trucks (nothing against horsepower...) who don't know how to drive. If you couldn't keep your 110HP KIA on the damn road, who's going to believe that you're able to control a 380HP 5.7L HEMI.... when you're to stupid to realize that you're in 2WD, and you hammered the throttle down a straight stretch of road and put your new truck on its side in the ditch?
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