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High number of crashes prompts driving tips from RCMP

Mounties in Grande Prairie feel people need a bit of a lesson in winter driving. Officers have been responding to a high number of crashes in the city and surrounding area since snow started falling over the weekend.

“Winter is upon us bringing icy roads, reduced visibility, and limited daylight,” says Corporal Maria Ogden. “RCMP would like to remind drivers [to] be mindful of road and weather conditions during their travels.”

Drivers are urged to slow down, give the vehicle in front of them more space, and to leave early for extra travel time. Ice and snow should also be cleared from vehicles before being driven.

Residents are also reminded that any crashes where no one is injured should now be reported at the new Collision Reporting Centre at the Eastlink Centre, instead of the RCMP detachment. It is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Serious crashes should still be called in to 9-1-1.

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