MPI Warns Drivers to Slow Down on Icy Roads

By Sarah Klein

Thousands of crashes have occurred in the first two weeks of January due to drivers not slowing down for the road conditions.

Manitoba Public Insurance says nearly 10,000 collision claims have been opened since January 1, and several thousands of them are related to vehicles losing control on ice and not being able to stop.

“Driving too fast for road conditions is clearly a problem on Manitoba roads,” said Ted Hlynsky of Manitoba Public Insurance.

“Speeding is a driver behavior which can easily be eliminated. The majority of the speed related collisions that take place are collisions where a driver was driving too fast for the weather or road conditions.”

Excessive speed accounted for 28 percent of all people killed in a collision in 2009 and 14 percent of all serious injuries sustained in collisions in 2009, according to Manitoba Public Insurance data.