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OPP report over 1.600 crashes across the province since Friday

Sunday, January 26, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE

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Motorists Not Driving to Road Conditions

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers across the Province have been kept busy responding to calls for service as a result of the latest storm that has blanketed the Province.

Since Friday evening OPP officers have responded to over 1,600 crashes across Ontario, including three fatal and numerous personal injury collisions.

During the course of these investigations eight OPP cruisers were struck by passing motorists resulting in minor injuries to two police officers. 

To date OPP officers have ordered more than sixty road and highway closures across the province as well as assisting over 400 stranded motorists seeking shelter from the storm.

Poor visibility and strong winds continue to make driving hazardous across Ontario.  The OPP reminds motorists to watch for emergency responders and to move to the left when safe to do so.  

Weather conditions may change unexpectedly as a result of sudden storms, wind gusts and reduced visibility.

Driving defensively, reducing your speed and adjusting your following distance will assist in reaching your destination safely.  

Always exercise caution when driving and consider postponing travel until weather conditions improve. 

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pedwards1978 1/26/2014 6:01:55 AM Report

I KNOW OUR HIGHWAY 17 GOING FROM THE SAULT TOWARDS WAWA HAS BEEN SO BAD THIS YEAR...WHOM EVER IS IN CHARGE OF TAKING CARE OF IT DID A TOTALLY SHITTY JOB AND THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR A LOT OF ACCIDENTS!!!!
Tag33&1/3rd 1/26/2014 7:35:48 AM Report

I think it's "This Winter" that's the problem -- its bad all over the province. The highway having been closed so many times has probably prevented a lot of deaths in reality!
F150Guy 1/26/2014 9:06:36 AM Report

You could plow that section of highway all day long but the biggest problem is the visibility not the snow removal process.

Whats the point of sending a team of plow drivers up a stretch of open highway if they can't see the noses on their faces and risk their lives?
Kristina 1/26/2014 10:32:23 AM Report

your so right!! they need to take better care of those highway's. my partner "HAS" to travel the highway all the time from where we live, up to the mines torards Marathon!! and highway conditions are no excuse to them on why he "couldnt" travel to work. And when not properly maintained, he has to travel regardless!!
stephy17 1/26/2014 11:32:39 AM Report

some people are nuts !! you can only maintain the roads so much regardless of where abouts you live the weather is the issue - maybe you havent actually taken a look outside to see the amount of snow is out there or possibly you have not actually driven the highways during one of our "storms" you could have a plow truck infront of you sanding plowing and you still cannot see a thing a plow isnot going to do anything for you in these situations . everyone looks to lay the blame on anyone when really its the weather that is responsible for accidents!!
Boomer4771 1/28/2014 2:19:39 PM Report

All this means is an increase to our insurances cause people can't slow down or drive to conditions... Now we all have to pay for it. If the road is bad stay home or slow down...
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