Constable Carlee Lussier of the Integrated Road Safety Unit says that while snow tires help with traction in the winter, it's still important to stay aware of your surroundings. That includes being aware that ice can still be lurking underneath snow on the road, and that sun reflections and falling snow can also reduce visibility.
As always, speed is a factor in many motor vehicles incidents, and can be especially risky on winter roads. Lussier says RCMP will be on the lookout for unsafe winter drivers.
"Peace Region Traffic Services and Fort St. John RCMP will be enforcing unsafe driving traffic infractions by issuing violation tickets under the Motor Vehicle Act," she says.
As speed signs are posted with "a maximum speed for ideal weather driving conditions such as that of a warm, clear, sunny summer day", Lussier adds that driving at an unsafe speed, even if below the speed limit, could result in a $167 fine.