Cst. John Rusnak, Hamilton Police Service
Hello Flamborough. Depending on which rodent you have faith in, there is going to be six more weeks of winter or an early spring.
In reality, six more weeks takes us into the middle of March, so isn’t that generally when it starts to thaw out around here. Don’t start taking off the snow tires yet.
Again our officers were busy with the usual calls for service this past week.
We had two reported break and enters in the Lynden area. In one instance, approximately $1,000 worth of copper wiring was removed from a building. We also had a number of “drive-offs” at local gas stations.
Although it has been frigid, the lack of snow has kept the roads passable.
We have seen several major collisions along Hwy. 401 in the past weeks and, even though the visibility was bad, drivers still drove at or over the posted speed limit.
White-out conditions can occur very suddenly; line squalls or streamers coming off of Georgian Bay and Lake Huron can still carry enough snow to cause problems, even in our area.
Driver error is the main component in most collisions. Some may be the result of mechanical failure, poor road design or a combination involving all three.
During periods of poor weather, snow or rain, our officers are called out to many collisions and hear the same things – excuses as to why and how the collision occurred. Not once have we heard, “Officer, the snow was coming down, the road was covered, everyone else was going so slow, I was going over the speed limit and I was trying to pass the cars when I crashed.”
Usually we hear: “Officer, I tried to stop at the stop sign, but the snow was so deep and the road was so slippery, my car wouldn’t stop.”
Careless driving, defined under section 130 of the Highway Traffic Act, notes that a person is guilty of an offence of driving carelessly, if he or she drives a vehicle or street car on a highway without due care and attention, or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the highway.
The price tag for a careless driving charge is hefty – $490, plus six demerit points. Your insurance premiums can also be affected by this charge for a number of years.
Weather and road conditions should never be an excuse for poor driving. That’s the view from where I sit.
Slow down, arrive alive.