London, ON - The Ontario Provincial Police is once again appealing to all drivers
to examine their driving skills and abilities and to look for areas to improve upon
following this latest winter storm.
OPP in West Region alone responded to hundreds of collisions during the storm, one
of them resulting in death. The only thing that could have possibly made this worse
would have been if the storm occurred during the work-week as many motorists wisely
elected to stay off the roadways Saturday and Sunday.
As a police agency we hear the frequent anthem from folks saying "we need more police"
to make our roads safer. The evidence shows us that when drivers use common sense,
obey the rules of law in place and adjust their driving to the road and weather
conditions, our roads are immediately safer for all.
This weekend an officer was investigating one of the many collisions when he activated
his radar to see two vehicles speeding by. One vehicle was clocked at 136 km/h
the other at 108 km/h in a posted 100 km/h area along the 401 Highway. The roadway
was glare ice at this location! One would think that seeing a police cruiser with
lights activated at a crash site beside a crashed vehicle and tow-truck present
would cause a driver to slow down - apparently not!
"Road safety is 100% dependent upon all motorists obeying the rules of the road
and driving to the road and weather conditions." - OPP Chief Superintendent John
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