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By comparison, Monday was a quieter day on Oxford County roads in terms of motor vehicle incidents.

“Certainly a lot better than on the weekend,” said Oxford OPP Constable Stacey Culbert Monday just past noon.

That is not to say, the day was unfolding without incident. Between 12 a.m. Monday morning and noon of that day, Oxford OPP officers responded to one motor vehicle collision and attended five vehicles in the ditch along county roads, said Culbert. During the same time period, three collisions occurred along the Highway 401 and 403 corridors in Oxford, with an additional five vehicles in the ditch.

Road conditions were a significant factor in cancellation of school buses and yet another snow day for Tillsonburg and area students.

The latest winter storm continues to underline the need to adjust driving to conditions, said Culbert, who also provided the following OPP release with driving tips and information for drivers:

Adjust to Winter Conditions

Ontario winters are challenging for motorists. Safety is a top priority of the OPP. Weather conditions can be unpredictable, placing extra demands on your vehicle and your driving skills. Ensure you are well prepared for winter roads and always adjust your driving speed to existing conditions.

Stay Alert, slow down, and stay in control – the three key elements of safe winter driving.

Drive according to highway 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.

Clear snow and ice from all windows, lights, mirrors and the roof.

After starting your vehicle, wait for the fog to clear from the interior of the windows so you have good visibility all around.

Highway Closures

Extreme weather may result in closing highways or area roads. Respect highway closures and do not attempt to drive on these highways until they are re-opened. Always obey road closure signs and barriers and follow the directions of any police officer.. Its for your safety. Remember it is against the law to drive on a closed highway.

Check road and travel conditions before heading out. Don’t take chances if the weather is bad. Allow yourself extra time for travel, or wait until conditions improve.

Visit the Ministry of Transportation Traveller Information Service Website at: www.ontario.ca/511

Visit the Ontario Provincial Police website for useful tips under the resources tab: www.opp.ca.

 

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