TNRD to request ministry visit on highway safety, data following crashes

Crashes a concern for TNRD

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District will be inviting provincial officials to a future meeting to discuss highway safety and serious crashes happening around the Kamloops area.

During Thursday’s TNRD board of directors meeting, CAO Scott Hildebrand told the board that staff would be making arrangements for a visit from the B.C. Ministry of Transportation following the request of a director.

Some directors who planned on attending the Thursday afternoon meeting were unable to make it after Highway 5 was closed near McLure due to a fatal collision.

Hildebrand said the director asked to have staff “connect with MOTI and have them come to an upcoming committee of the whole meeting to talk about highway safety, talk about some of the statistics, and some of the issues that we're having with accidents in and around Kamloops.”

“That's something that we will just take forward and execute,” Hildebrand said.

Serious collisions are a concern this winter across the Interior. On Thursday, Salmon Arm RCMP released a statement saying officers had responded to 11 crashes — many along the Trans-Canada Highway — over the past 10 days.

Police advised drivers to “slow down and take care” during inclement weather.

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