Spring Storm Results in Numerous Collisions

A spring snowstorm that hit the area this week resulted in numerous collisions throughout the province.

The Saskatchewan RCMP reported receiving many reports of motor vehicle accidents and weather-related traffic issues. A statement detailed that from midnight on Wednesday to 8 a.m. on Thursday, the Saskatchewan RCMP’s Division Operational Communication Centre recorded 68 motor vehicle collisions and eight instances of weather-related traffic hazards.

Although it’s spring, Saskatchewan RCMP are reminding motorists winter driving still applies during hazardous conditions.

When heading out, remember:

  • Scrape all the ice off your windows before driving – if you can’t see, you can’t drive safely!
  • Remove all snow from your vehicle, including from your headlights, taillights and roof.
  • Slow down on slippery or snowy roads.
  • Be gentle and smooth when you accelerate, brake or steer.
  • Using cruise control on icy or snowy roads can be dangerous! If you skid, your vehicle will accelerate and rapidly spin its wheels as it tries to maintain a constant speed.
  • Be prepared for anything: consider stocking your vehicle with extra warm clothes, candles, matches, non-perishable snacks, a snow shovel, traction mats, booster cables and a tow rope or chain.
  • If you become stranded on the highway, do not leave your vehicle! Turn on your vehicle periodically to warm up but try to conserve fuel. Make sure your tailpipe remains clear of ice and snow, or carbon monoxide could potentially seep into your vehicle.

The Saskatchewan Highway Hotline has the latest updates on road conditions.

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