© Nathan Liewicki
Five vehicles were involved in a collision on Christmas Eve at First Avenue Northwest and Fairford Street West.
Police attended to 22 vehicle collisions in less than two days
Sergeant Cliff Froehlich struggled to explain why Moose Jaw police had to respond to six motor vehicle collisions and three hit and runs in 24 hours.
“People just have to slow down, drive with caution and drive as per the treacherous winter conditions that we’re experiencing,” Froehlich said.
He said police have attended to 22 accidents, including hit and runs, since Monday morning.
“Most collisions out there are avoidable, it’s just how people operate their vehicles,” Froehlich said.
He said slowing down isn’t going to be a foolproof way of staying out of accidents, but it’s a necessity to prevent unnecessary collisions during slippery road conditions.
Five of the six collisions on Monday happened at intersections and four involved two vehicles.
Of the winter months in 2012 and 2013, January had the most collision claims filed in Moose Jaw, according to SGI.
Most of the precautions issued by SGI and local police forces cover reducing speed. SGI has encouraged drivers to take the time to brush all snow off of their vehicle before driving.
“It’s a lot of common sense (for) Saskatchewan winter driving,” Froehlich said. “This is nothing new. This has been going on for as long as I’ve been driving.”
Froehlich said he stays safe behind the wheel by focusing on tires.
“If you have a good set of winter tires on your vehicle, that helps immensely,” Froehlich said.
He also advised vehicle owners to make sure their cars, trucks and vans are running well before taking them on to the streets.
The only accidents that are avoidable are the ones where you’re not in the vehicle. Hit and runs are very common in Moose Jaw, and Froehlich said they’re very difficult to investigate.
“Unless there’s a bit of a major wreck where identifiable vehicle parts will be left at the scene … it’s very difficult for us to track down minor hit and run collisions,” Froehlich said.
Not everyone has off-street parking, but those who do are less likely to be victims of hit and runs.
Froehlich said busier streets with higher ruts commonly cause drivers to lose control, hit a parked vehicle and keep driving.