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Salmon Arm RCMP kept hopping with uptick in winter crashes

120 crashes in 3 months

Crashes are on the rise in the Shuswap.

Salmon Arm RCMP Staff Sgt. Scott West says collisions have increased over the past three months, a direct result of road conditions and heavy recent snowfalls.

“While not all incidents are reported to police, there were 120 collisions that RCMP have attended in the past three months,” says West. “Only 16 of those collisions were major in nature, resulting in damage over $10,000 or injury.”

Thirteen of the collisions involved commercial vehicles, and roughly half were due to error on the part of the other driver.

“As we move forward through the winter, please slow down and ensure you have good winter tires and equipment. Please pay attention, slow down and only proceed when it is safe to do so. If the roads are poor, consider staying put and allowing the road maintenance crews to clear the roads. It is safer for everyone,” says West.

When police weren't being called to accident scenes, they were busy dealing with complaints about drivers.

“Locally, the No. 1 complaint to the RCMP revolves around traffic enforcement and drivers not being courteous,” says West, adding police have been targeting those drivers and are seeing results.

“In the last nine months, despite COVID dangers, local officers have stopped and sanctioned 490 drivers for various offences, which include intersection offences, speeding, no driver's licence and an array of other offences.”

Police also took 77 impaired drivers off the road, along with more than 30 prohibited drivers.

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