Officers with the OPP in local detachments have responded to 106 motor vehicle collisions so far this year. With more snow on the horizon, residents are reminded to drive according to road conditions.

Since January 1, 2019, officers in Dryden have responded to the most motor vehicle collisions, with 42 reported accidents. Officers in Kenora responded to 35, the Sioux Lookout OPP saw 19 incidents, and the Red Lake OPP responded to 10.

Notably, officers in Kenora, Dryden and Sioux Lookout responded to a total of 14 accidents on February 6. There were 4 collisions in Dryden, 9 in Kenora, and 1 in Sioux Lookout.

“The first thing to do, is to ask yourself if it’s really worth it to drive. Is it worth the risk? Are you willing to risk yourself, your family, or somebody else?” said Sergeant Mike Golding, Community Safety and Media Relations Coordinator for the OPP’s North West Region.

“Plan ahead. Check the Ministry of Transportation’s 511 road-map to check the conditions. Let somebody know what your plans are, the route that you’re going, and when you’re expecting to arrive. Give yourself lots of extra time to make the trip as well, and adjust your speed. Drive according to conditions, and give yourself more distance between you and the car ahead of you.”

Golding adds that these collisions are those reported within communities, and are not provincial highway collisions. These represent all collisions, including fatal, property damage, and minor collisions with no damages.

In January of 2018, the Kenora OPP reported 48 motor vehicle collisions. There were 72 collisions reported in January of 2017.

In other nearby detachments, the Rainy River OPP reports 41 collisions, Greenstone saw 12, Marathon reported 17, Nipigon had 22, and Thunder Bay saw 68 incidents in 2019.

Other safety tips include:

- Prepare an emergency kit consisting of food, water, blankets, a shovel, a flashlight, extra phone batteries, a phone charger, a car battery charger, extra winter clothes, a sleeping bag, and more.

- Clean off all of the snow on your vehicle before driving. Excess snow may blow onto another car, and if it causes an accident, you may be held responsible.

- Install winter tires on your vehicle, as summer tires or all-season tires do not provide the same amount of grip and traction on winter roads, compared to winter or studded tires.

- Give emergency lots of space when near any accident. Move over to another lane if possible, and slow down.

- Turn off your high-beams in heavy snow, if the excess snow and light are affecting your visibility.

- If the road conditions are poor, adjust your schedule and travel times. Give crews time to clean-up the highways.

For more information:
Three vehicle accident near Dryden
Morning accident on Railway Street

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