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Thursday December 27th, 2012

Posted at 1:53pm

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The Essex County OPP say that over the past thirty-six hours, they have responded to 42 crashes, most of which involved personal damage from driving off the roadways or driving into other vehicles, due to the first snowfall of the season.

Police say that there was no serious crashes or personal injury was reported.

The amount of accidents do alarm the OPP, because they say that during the time officers were responded to crash after crash,  it reduced their responses to potential life threatening occurrences within the communities, in which we serve.

The OPP is urging the public to use sound judgement when travelling on roadways during adverse conditions.

“As weather conditions change in our area, driver’s inexperience and lack of preparation are the main causes of crashes.” said OPP Sargent Rick Tonial

The OPP have provided some tips:

  • Drivers need to adjust their driving habits to all conditions, which can change by the minute.
  • Driving conditions change frequently and drivers need to be able to adjust their driving habits accordingly.
  • Speeding, failing to wear seat belts, driving beyond their abilities while considering the weather conditions, and distracted or impaired driving are the leading cause of injury and death on our roadways
  • Driving in snow is a reality of driving in Ontario. Drivers need to be able to drive within their ability.
  • Drivers need to slow down and change their driving habits as they present themselves.
  • Motorist should always check with Environment Canada prior to embarking on a journey during the winter months.

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