With winter weather settled in the Sault Ste. Marie Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding drivers that it is an offence under the Highway Traffic Act to drive on a closed highway.
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. Also, 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.”, explains Staff Sergeant Michael Maville of the Sault Ste. Marie OPP.
Bad driving habits cause collisions. Driving too fast for road conditions is the number one cause of crashes during the winter months. 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.
Please 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, please visit:
Ministry of Transportation (website) – Winter Driving – Be Prepared, Be Safe!
Remember, if you see snow, go slow!