In the central Okanagan, it’s not just freeway driving that’s dangerous these days. Urban drivers also face challenges.
That’s no surprise to ICBC, which says there are an average of 26,000 collisions each December in British Columbia.
“We know there’s the hustle and bustle of everyone trying to get ready for the holidays. And then visiting friends and family,” said Robin Bell, ICBC’s traffic safety program manager.
“So it’s just more people traveling at this time of year, and I think we’re going to see a bit more post-COVID as well.”
Okanagan Weather: Temperatures are warming up this weekend
Meanwhile, this winter has seen a cold spell, snowstorms and now rain – combinations that can be catastrophic.
According to the City of Kelowna, road crews are working around the clock on local roads.
“We sanded and sanded our Priority 1 roads tirelessly,” said Andrew Schwerdtfeger, Director of Road Operations.
“As soon as you sand, especially with the snow falling, it covers it and it looks like we didn’t go there. The traffic polishes the roads and creates really slippery conditions.
A reminder has been sent by Kelowna RCMP asking drivers to slow down and drive carefully.
A semi-truck slid down a small hill in Lake Country last Friday morning due to slippery conditions, according to a news release. Fortunately, the tractor-trailer did not collide with other vehicles and no one was injured.
This week, Environment Canada is forecasting snow, with a 70% chance on Thursday, followed by showers on Friday.
For the latest road conditions across the province, visit DriveBC.
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