Slow down and drive according to road conditions. That's the message Merritt RCMP want drivers on BC roads to hear.
To help get the message out Merritt RCMP has posted a blend of humor and poetry hoping BC drivers will get the message.
Even though the calendar says it fall, drivers traveling high altitude mountain roads may suddenly find themselves in "winter conditions".
Snow, low cloud, and black ice have already arrived. According to the RCMP, multiple accidents have already happened, many due to drivers not driving according to road conditions.
On the Merritt RCMP website a creative soul wrote this:
No zoomy zoom on the slicky slick or you'll go boom boom
2021-11-01 08:02 PDT
The Merritt RCMP is asking the public to watch their speed relative to conditions on the Coquihalla Highway and Highway 97C as winter is here.
T'was the end of October in Merritt, and all around, the snow was falling onto the high ground. Vehicles were speeding on highways without care, hoping to make their destinations as quick as a hare. From the mountain peaks there arose such a clatter as vehicles crashed and flipped due to white matter. Merritt RCMP and partners rushed to the scenes placing themselves in danger with a small hope to glean. Please slow down this winter season so we all can be safe, if you see flashing lights please use your brakes!
"We are pleading with the public to please slow down when driving this winter season", says Sgt. Josh Roda, "It's only the end of October and we've already been to numerous crashes on our Highways and one where an officer and a partner agency were almost struck by a passing vehicle".
The Merritt RCMP want to remind the public that winter tires or chains are required on select highways in British Columbia, including the Coquihalla Highway and Highway 97C. Please visit the Drive BC website to see all the designated routes.