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VIDEO: Dashcams catch bad drivers, chaos on the roads after late season snowfall

A semi-nearly misses a vehicle on the highway in Salmon Arm in this screen capture of a video posted on Facebook by Jonah Jones March 8, 2017.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/Jonah Jones
March 10, 2017 - 2:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - After this week's surprise snowfall multiple dashcam videos shared on social media show risk takers and mistake makers behind the wheel of vehicles in the Thompson and Shuswap areas.

Jonah Jones was heading out of Salmon Arm towards Canoe around 4:30 p.m., March 8, according to a Facebook post, when he caught footage of one of the most frightening sights someone can see on the highway; a semi truck heading directly towards him.

The truck’s driver was passing another semi and didn’t judge the amount of room he had, forcing Jones to veer onto the shoulder of the road as they narrowly miss each other.

In another video shared on the Facebook group Kamloops Rant and Rave a sedan clearly runs a red light in front of cars who have a green signal to turn left at the corner of Summit Drive and McGill Road near Thompson Rivers University. Luckily, the drivers turning left spot the errant driver and stop with plenty of room. While the video doesn’t have a incident time, Facebook user Marc Smith posted the video the evening of March 8.

In a screen cap of the video posted by Marc Smith on Facebook a car runs a red light in front of cars turning left on a green signal.
In a screen cap of the video posted by Marc Smith on Facebook a car runs a red light in front of cars turning left on a green signal.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/Marc Smith

A third video shared on YouTube from the same day shows vehicles heading west out of the city where Highway 1 and Highway 5 split, with traffic backed up, semis stopped in awkward positions and an ambulance in the middle o the highway.

Coun. Denis Walsh, who witnessed a man nearly get crushed on Wednesday after a truck slid through an intersection in downtown Kamloops, thinks drivers need to drive for the conditions that are occurring, not the conditions the public wants to see in March.

“The message really has to be drive for the conditions,” he said. “It really wakes you up when see that happen, even in downtown Kamloops.”

Did you catch video of some of the bad driving in Kamloops over the past few days? Share it with us in the comments section.


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