Motorists are being reminded to stay off closed roads after several were fined for doing so during this week’s winter storm.
During the storm on Monday, police in Grey and Wellington counties responded to several motor vehicle collisions and calls to assist motorists stranded on closed roads. Members of the West Region OPP Traffic Incident Management Enforcement assisted Grey County OPP and Wellington County OPP during the storm and a total of 15 Provincial Offences Notices were issued to motorists for driving on closed roads, it said in a news release from the OPP.
The fine for the offence is $110 and three demerit points.
“The OPP would like to remind motorists of the dangers they put themselves and their passengers in, as well as the dangers it puts first responders in if they get into difficulty after driving on a closed road,” Acting Staff-Sgt. Calum Rankin of the West Regional OPP Traffic Incident Management Enforcement said in the news release. “If you come across a road closed sign, please do not ignore it – the dangers to you may not be evident until it is too late.”
Strong winds and snowfall that blew into the area late Sunday and into Monday caused whiteout conditions that led to several provincial highways, county roads and municipal roads to be closed in the region. The OPP urged motorists to avoid all unnecessary travel due to dangerous driving conditions, and county and municipal snowplows were pulled off the roads for a period of time during the storm because of the conditions.