Sunday, April 18, 2021

‘Avoid unnecessary travel’ as GTA cleans up after snowstorm

'Avoid unnecessary travel' as GTA cleans up after snowstorm

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Be prepared for heavy winter driving conditions Tuesday and police say if you don’t need to be on the road, stay home.

The snow has basically stopped but there is still a huge clean-up task.

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In the GTA, snowplows have made several passes over the major highways but things are still a mess.

“We have had 100 crashes in the last 24 hours in the GTA, but there have been no serious injuries,” OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said.

“Avoid unnecessary travel and let essential workers get to work and let the snowplows do their job.”

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Never pass a snowplow.

If you do become disabled because of a collision, police advise to never get out of the vehicle as it is very unsafe.

If the vehicle can be moved, pull off the road to a gas station or parking lot, when possible.

Schmidt says to drive with full headlights and always clear the entire vehicle of snow and ice.

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The City of Toronto hadn’t yet tabulated the number of overnight crashes.

“The conditions are horrible out there and this will be an all-day affair,” Toronto Police Const. Ed Parks said.

“The main arteries are being plowed, just not quick enough.”

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