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Six motor vehicle collisions on area roadways

Wednesday, January 29, 2014   by: Staff



Slow Down and Leave Distance

Sault Ste. Marie Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have investigated six motor vehicle collisions in the past 24 hours on area roadways.

In one collision a car was travelling southbound on Highway 17 in Aweres Township when it rear-ended a pickup truck in front that had slowed down for a stopped school bus on the highway.

The driver, 39-year-old Susan Murphy of Rupert Acres Drive was charged with follow to close contrary to the Highway Traffic Act on Ontario.

Two young children, passengers in the car, and the driver of the pickup truck were transported to hospital by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

Yesterday evening at approximately 6:15 p.m. a pickup truck and a propane delivery truck collided on Four Season’s Drive in Goulais Township.

The driver of the pickup truck was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

No charges were laid.

Both vehicles required a tow truck for removal. 

OPP remind motorists to stay alert, slow down, and stay in control. 

Drive according to road and weather conditions. 

Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you to avoid situations where you may have to brake suddenly on a slippery surface.

Ensure you are well prepared for winter roads and always adjust your driving speed to existing conditions.


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Ski-Dude 1/29/2014 1:11:46 PM Report

And remember that sand is a privilege on city streets
KGurl 1/29/2014 1:14:23 PM Report

When is the MTO going to start fines for our contractors not properly doing our highways/city outskirts and roads just saying..
mallet 1/29/2014 1:21:54 PM Report

I just wish that the fuel delivery drivers would heed the OPP's suggestion. Last week when going to get the mail, I was nearly put in the ditch/snowbank by a fuel oil delivery truck, that was taking a middle of the road approach and going a triffle fast for the conditions, the road getting narrower due to the amount of snow that has been plowed over the winter so far. I hear people moaning about the snow removal from the roads, but if the road is closed how do you expect them to plow it, risk thier lives? This has been a pretty harsh winter season so far, have a little sympathy for the people who have that job...
dust2 1/29/2014 1:22:33 PM Report

Winter tires should be mandatory in the winter. The traction difference is night and day compared to summer or all-seasons, I have to really make an effort to skid on the road with winter tires.

Doesn't matter how safe or smart you are, using tires with poor traction is stupid and risky. In Quebec it's actually illegal to drive in the winter months without winter tires. Good idea
eadiecougs 1/29/2014 1:27:21 PM Report

Dust how the hell can u enforce it stop every car and check there tires slow down I agree snow tires help but change your driving habits
habsfan 1/29/2014 1:27:44 PM Report

Ski-Dude 1/29/2014 1:33:29 PM Report

How do you make low income earners buy a whole set of tires then store them? Ever been to an elderly home? Plenty of places to store a set of tires there! How about a single mother with 3 kids....maybe she should store her tires in the kids bedroom.....maybe they can sleep on them? Come on man!
lambkins 1/29/2014 1:39:04 PM Report

Sure, I leave plenty of room in front of me, to allow for braking. Then, every time, some A-Hole uses it to weave in and out of traffic.
I usually catch up to them at the Red Light, don't know why they have to hurry up to wait.
dust2 1/29/2014 1:42:06 PM Report

if you're a mother with three kids, safety should be one of your biggest concerns.

you're going to drive around a half ton box with no traction and three kids in it so you can save money? get proper tires and save some lives
jagen 1/29/2014 1:42:35 PM Report

And please people, remember that banks are very high and the roads are slippery. It's ridiculous that some people are still driving like it's summer. When you approach an intersection and you can't see around the bank to see what's coming, brake slowly and edge out carefully. DO NOT just 'go for it', like a fool and cause accidents. It's dangerous. I swung into another lane to avoid no less than three vehicles that approached intersections like they were psychics and knew what was coming even if they couldn't see. All in one trip to the hospital. I say, get smarter to those who do this!
northernmale 1/29/2014 1:45:49 PM Report

I lived out in the country for over 40 years never owned a set of snow tires. I used all season radials. I was never stuck in the ditch ever. The problem is people have no idea how to drive in winter. They drive way to fast , when at intersections they put the pedal to the floor and make ice. Gearing down works wonders.Also when a car is parked on the side of street in there lane they think that means they take over your lain.I think what has to be done is you should have to have a winter and a summer drivers license And the winter one is good only good until you have been in an at fault accident.And anyone that can rember 40 years ago would no we got a lot more snow back then and did not have the equipment they have today.
Sam C 1/29/2014 1:51:03 PM Report

Ski-Dude... cost aside, many tire shops will store your off-season tires for you at no charge.

How would mandatory snow tires be enforced? Spot checks would be one way. Giving fines to people who do crash and don't have snow tires would be another way.
back4more 1/29/2014 1:55:18 PM Report us all a favour....put on some summer slicks and hit the highway...I'll even pay for the tire balancing...
pedwards1978 1/29/2014 2:00:35 PM Report

back4more 1/29/2014 2:00:58 PM Report

I booked you at Total Tire for're booked under "asshat"
Ski-Dude 1/29/2014 2:18:34 PM Report

Sam: Thanks....I was not aware of this storage perk.....good idea!
D0BBER 1/29/2014 2:29:47 PM Report

Quebec has had a mandatory winter tires law for years .. province wide snow tires go on Dec 15 and come off March 15, as for enforcement it would be like any other law. Police watch for the snowflake symbol on the tire just like they watch for the sticker on your license plate. If you choose to NOT put snow tires on, your insurance is void and you are personally responsible for all damages should anything happen.

The "you just have to know how to drive" or "I never have issues" argument makes as much sense as a kid stating condoms are a waste because he has uses the "pull out" method for years and never got anyone pregnant and never got aids !!

Stevie-E 1/29/2014 2:34:03 PM Report

I see nothing wrong with Dust2's logic.

Listen, mandatory snow tires in this climate is must. Local government can work with insurance companies for possible subsidization opportunities, and maybe even lower some of the taxes that go to the municipal government. These are just thoughts but it could work. The city would use less sand/salt and there would be less accidents and insurance claims.

@EadieCougs, enforcement is not the issue just like the police cannot check every driver to see if they had too much to drink. However, in a motor vehicle collision, they can definitely check and fine those that do not have them. Like I said before, I think it should be mandatory.

It’s like wearing a motor cycle helmet. Think of it as part of a safety barrier that prevents you from cracking open your skull! Think of snow tires as that extra safety barrier, that piece of mind. Why wouldn’t you want that protection?? People who are fighting this are completely backward thinkers and can't see two feet in front of them.

As far as price, is $700 too much to pay for safety? Many of you who are complaining about the price factor have a $250/month smoking or drinking habit…which is much more than the safety and welfare of you and your family, right? What about the $100 you blew at the casino last night? Or the $300 on a weekend snow-machining and drinking with the guys?

Better yet…let's talk about vehicle-specific purchases, like the $1000 lift kit with the big mudder tires that you bought so you can frolic in the woods and get dirty? Or the hundreds or thousands spent on upgrades or overriding the chip in your vehicle to make it faster and louder, probably to compensate for something much smaller….yeah maybe that’s more important.

Some people just don’t have their priorities straight and maybe need to grow up and consider people other than themselves. A few small sacrifices throughout the year put these tires within reach of most, if not all people who own a vehicle. If you own a vehicle, you should be able to afford the essentials for it. Otherwise, take public transit and do all of us a favour by staying off the road.
tbbs 1/29/2014 3:01:52 PM Report

there were fire trucks and police barracading part of Pim hill this morning around 9ish....does anyone know what that was all about? seems we don't get local news much anymore, unless you're in Sudbury, North Bay or just about anywhere else but here.....WTH??
thumbs4208 1/29/2014 3:19:49 PM Report

Yes to winter tires. I'ma single Dad - I planned for it. Less something and I drive safe. Still needed. The guy or girl that has the lap dog - text - timmies in all seasons - that does not have them is scary - make it a law. Money maker for the City - let's get on it.
RonBes 1/29/2014 3:30:22 PM Report

Dust2 and Dobber have it right: FOUR snow tires should be mandatory as it is in Quebec.

They're no substitute for proper driving techniques, but every little bit helps. There are lots of drivers that need the help, honestly.

Can't afford it? Then I guess you can't afford to drive. Cars are expensive. Furthermore, there are now snowflake-rated "4 season" tires, so no need for extra sets and the storage and additional costs associated with them.
icemantbi 1/29/2014 3:44:45 PM Report

If you live in this climate, you have to treat snow tires as another expense you have to make for owning a vehicle, same as insurance or gas. I can tell you first hand that snow tires are a must, even if you are a great driver without snow tires you hit a patch of black ice you are going to spin out. I have a summer car with summer tires that I store for the winter, but once I had to drive it when it snowed (as I had to get it to the storage place and it snowed the night before) and it was very difficult, and I am a good driver without an accident.

justsomeguy 1/29/2014 3:50:28 PM Report

A couple of years back I got in a serious car accident. I was driving safely & slowly on my all-seasons. The other driver was driving way too fast on his all-seasons. He lost control and hit me doing about 70 km/h. It was a bad accident.

I was driving very carefully but I lost traction when trying to steer out of his way & did nothing but skid. I've taken skid school and have driven for 25 years without an accident. Today I will never drive in the winter without snow tires if for no other reason than to be able to get out of some idiot's way who is being irresponsible.

For the record, when the fire dept & paramedics arrived they were shocked I was alive & conscious.

Despite driving too fast, using a donut tire and having bald all-seasons on, the other driver was not charged.
Tag33&1/3rd 1/29/2014 4:06:08 PM Report

What about chains?
mike1wade 1/29/2014 6:07:32 PM Report

You can not legislate common sense, which the lack of , causes most accidents. The best tires in the world and 4 wheel drive are almost no help in slowing/ stopping an almost 2 ton vehicle going too FAST for conditions. Adjust your driving habits to the road conditions,,NOT legislate auto equipment. If you can afford winter tires get them, but ADJUST IS A MUST FOR WINTER DRIVING!!!!!!!
dust2 1/29/2014 6:10:07 PM Report

"The best tires in the world and 4 wheel drive are almost no help in slowing/ stopping an almost 2 ton vehicle going too FAST for conditions."

they're called winter tires for a reason. no amount of safe slow driving will prevent your car from sliding like skates on ice when something happens. winter tires do that.

people are not better than winter tires. the solution is winter tires and better driving. not just better driving.
Dead End Kid 1/29/2014 6:28:15 PM Report

If you drive the highway absolutely you should have winter tires but in town all you need to do is keep your speed down and distance yourself from the vehicle in front of you. Easier said than done with some of the maniacs here in town especially many of the young female drivers.
kbaybiie 1/29/2014 8:00:24 PM Report

yeah right winter tires + black ice = goodluck...
Lone24 1/29/2014 9:33:38 PM Report

I notice that a lot with women drivers, they are usually the ones I see all the time driving like idiots. Either driving to fast or not stopping at four ways. Then they say men are the hot doggers, YEAH RIGHT!!
Pakadeva 1/30/2014 12:03:48 AM Report

"especially many of the young female drivers" really???
I see both genders young & all ages, driving like maniacs, while on the phone, talking or texting, on these bad roads this winter. I'd like to see cops grabbing the bloody phones & tossing them into the river, that would help a LOT! When I stay a safe distance behind a car, especially approaching an intersection, sure as shootin, someone passes me & jumps in front of me, now jeopardizing the safety of me, the one I was following & themselves. Ya, lots of great drivers in this city & that is why so many accidents.
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