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Salmon Arm RCMP urge drivers to slow down after 8 collisions in two days

Police remind residents speed limit intended for perfect conditions

Salmon Arm RCMP Staff Sgt. Scott West is urging drivers to slow down after police responded to eight motor-vehicle collisions over the weekend.

West said the collisions occurred between Saturday (Dec. 2) and Sunday – three of them on Highway 1.

In each, West said drivers were going too fast for the snowy road conditions.

The only incident resulting in injury (not life-threatening) was a Dec. 3 head-on collision involving two semi trucks east of Salmon Arm on Highway 1. An eastbound semi lost traction and travelled into the oncoming lane where it collided with a westbound semi.

As road conditions deteriorate due to weather, West asked drivers to “please slow down.”

“The speed limit is just that, a limit, and meant for driving under perfect conditions,” said West. “In conditions where driving is less than perfect, you must slow down.

“The wet, heavy snow that we have received turns to slush and ice very quickly and drivers must slow down. Better yet, do not travel unless you have a need to, and allow the roads crew to keep up to the falling snow.”

Furthermore, West advised drivers to inspect their tires and ensure they have the appropriate seasonal emblems and tread depth to “cope with our harsh local winter conditions.”

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