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Drive better; it's your safety and your wallet

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November 29, 2013 - 2:38 PM

KAMLOOPS - Driving according to weather conditions is a no-brainer — it can be a matter of life or death.

It means don't drive like an idiot while it's snowing, icy or slick. We don't even need to go into historical statistics or pull up past tragic examples. We can use our good logic and common sense on this one, right?

We've heard the lectures, and we know the risks. But unfortunately, many of us can be reckless risk-takers from time-to-time, be caught in a rush, or simply become complacent in our routines. It's why Kamloops RCMP is attaching a price tag to bad driving habits in poor conditions.

"There is a section under the (Motor Vehicle Act) that deals with speed relative to conditions," says Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Cheryl Bush.

Drivers are expected to consider road conditions, traffic, visibility and weather conditions. As we head into December, Bush is concerned about the impending winter snow dump and icy roads. She reminds drivers of a $167 fine for driving too fast for road conditions.

"We just want to remind drivers that posted speed limits are setup for ideal driving conditions," she says. "Often the road conditions are a contributing factor to the accidents at this time of the year."


Get over yourself — It's OK to drive 70 km/h on the highway, or even (gasp) drive in the slow lane.

Beware conditions in different elevations — We all love the rolling hills of Kamloops, but remember that it can be dry in Valleyview and snowy in Aberdeen.

Don't be a jerk — Anticipate icy roads and travel at a safe distance from others.

Simplest of all: Adjust your speed according to the conditions.

Be safe out there.

To contact a reporter for this story, email:, call: (250) 319-7494 or tweet: @jess__wallace.

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