Did you know that proceeding on a closed highway is a traffic offense in Ontario?
OPP state the total payable fine for driving on a closed highway is $110 and upon conviction, three demerit points will be added to your driving record. They also say some insurance companies may not cover you if you are involved in a collision while travelling on a closed highway.
“Driving on a closed highway poses a risk to the driver and all occupants of the vehicle. It can also be dangerous for emergency personnel who are working in that closed section of the highway. When motorists abandon their vehicles on closed roadways, it is more difficult for road maintenance crews to clear the snow and that causes longer delays in reopening the roads,” explained OPP staff sergeant Mike Gordon.
Bad driving habits cause collisions, the OPP release added, saying, driving too fast for road conditions is the number one cause of crashes during the winter months. They ask drivers to stay in control of your vehicle and pay attention to your driving at all times. Check local forecasts before you travel and always carry an emergency kit that includes appropriate clothing and a fully charged cellular phone.
Do not call 911 or the provincial communication centres for road or weather related information. For up-to-date winter road and weather conditions call 5-1-1 or visit: Ontario 511 – Traveller Information Services.
For winter driving tips and information, visit Ministry of Transportation – Winter Driving – Be Prepared, Be Safe!
OPP reminds drivers “Remember, if you see snow, go slow!”
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