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RCMP respond to 89 collisions after first big snow storm

By Kelli Rickard Dec 6, 2023 | 12:00 PM

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RCMP were busy with Nova Scotia’s first significant snowfall.

Officers across the province responded to 89 motor vehicle collisions following Monday’s storm.

Police remind drivers to prioritize safety when navigating roads in snowy, icy conditions.

In a release, the RCMP has issued some key winter driving tips:

  • Reduce speed: Take your time and allow for increased braking distances.
  • Maintain a safe following distance: Keep a safe distance between you and vehicle in front of you, allowing for sudden stops.
  • Ensure visibility: Remove all snow and ice from your vehicle (including the roof, windows, lights and mirrors) before driving.
  • Prepare an emergency kit: Add an emergency kit to your vehicle; include things like a blanket, salt/sand, whistle, wind-up flashlight, non-perishable food items, a tow rope and extra clothing.
  • Ensure your tires are in good condition: If at all possible, equip your vehicle with winter tires.
  • Check weather and road conditions: Before you venture out, check weather and road conditions and adjust your expected arrival time accordingly. You can find information on road conditions at: https://511.novascotia.ca/en/index.html.

Meanwhile, the Mounties are investigating a serious crash on Hwy 102 in Shubenacadie that left 3 people injured.

Investigators believe Monday’s weather may have been a factor.