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News Release: February 28, 2019

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News Release

Prepared by: Corporate Communications
Posted: February 28, 2019
Occurrence Type: Barrie Police responded to significant number of crashes on Wednesday
Occurrence #: -
Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 11:23am

On Wednesday, February 27, the Barrie Police Service responded to 28 motor vehicle collisions within the City of Barrie in less than 12 hours. (Between 9:15 a.m. and 8:45 p.m.)

This number was higher than the number of collisions reported on Monday, February 25, while the city was under a Blizzard Warning from Environment Canada. This also does not include any collisions that weren’t reported to police.

While Wednesday’s forecast initially called for Barrie to receive only a few centimetres worth of snow, the flakes were flying for most of the day, making roads slick and visibility low. Thankfully, there were no serious injuries yesterday; however, police remind motorists that they must drive according to the conditions they are experiencing.

Drivers may be hoping for warmer weather, but it will be weeks before spring arrives so don’t pack away your cold-weather gear and winter driving habits just yet.

Keep these tips in mind as you travel through the last of the winter weather.

  • Plan your trip and check road and weather conditions before you leave, and allow for extra travel time if needed.
     
  • Remove all snow from your vehicle before departing.
     
  • Top up your gas tank and windshield washer fluid before setting out.
     
  • Slow down at corners, intersections and any other hazards. Be prepared for under steering and over steering and know how to correct it when necessary.

Most importantly – keep your speed as low as practically possible, increase your distance between vehicles and wear your seatbelt!