Uncontrolled Intersections a Greater Risk: RCMP

By Sarah Klein

Manitoba RCMP are reminding motorists to come a complete stop before entering a highway.

In a release, Constable Miles Hiebert said the likelihood of having an accident is far greater at intersections.

Hiebert points out that most rural Manitoba roads intersect with highways every mile, adding to the risk motorists could become involved in a collision.

RCMP say to check left and right for oncoming traffic when approaching an uncontrolled intersection and be prepared to stop. Drivers who don’t come to a complete stop at a stop sign or red light can be fined $199.80.

In 2010, approximately 28% of all collisions occurred at both controlled and uncontrolled intersections. That same year, 25 percent of fatalities that occurred in rural Manitoba happened at intersections. Of those accidents, 94 percent were at controlled intersections with a stop sign or a red light.