London police responded to eight collisions during the Boxing Day snowstorm.
They resulted in three minor injuries and three charges: one turn not in safety ($110 fine), one fail to yield from driveway ($110 fine) and one careless driving ($490 fine).
The OPP, meanwhile, were slammed by the season’s first major accumulation of snow in southwestern Ontario. Though thankful there were no major injuries or fatalities, officers with the West Region command were kept busy responding to “over 273 motor vehicle incidents” in the 24-hour period starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday morning (Dec. 26).
According to an OPP release, “police were kept extremely busy responding to one call after another as vehicles continued to strike each other and/or run off the roadway into the ditch.”
An officer responding to a ditched vehicle was almost injured when a motorist slammed into the back of his cruiser at about 5:30 p.m. The officer had just stepped out to check on the motorist in the ditch when the vehicle struck the cruiser.
According to OPP Sgt. David Rektor, it’s the same old story: Drivers can’t control the weather, just how they react to it.
“Motorists continued to drive along at 100-110 km/h during the storm when they should have been doing 60-70 km/h on the highway,” he said. “There is no magic to winter driving. When you see snow … go slow! That’s it!”
The OPP urge all motorists to slow down and drive according to the road and weather conditions.
“If you’re not comfortable driving in winter conditions, take a course on how to drive on snow, or wait until there are favourable road and weather conditions. Major highways or secondary roadways are no place to practice driving.”