From Friday, December 13 to Monday, December 16, 410 collisions were reported to Edmonton Police Service.
Winter weather could have been a factor, with snow and cold temperatures all weekend long, but there are likely a number of different factors that caused the high number of accidents.
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Police say from 12 am to 8 pm on Friday, December 13, a total of 189 collisions were reported to the Edmonton Police Service.
Of these, 13 were hit-and-run collisions, 15 were injury collisions, and 161 were property damage collisions.
On Saturday, December 14, from 12 am to 5 pm, a total of 137 collisions were reported, including 17 hit-and-runs, six injury collisions, and 114 property damage collisions.
From 12 am Sunday, December 15 to 12 am Monday, December 16, a total of 84 collisions were reported, including 17 hit-and-run collisions, seven injury collisions, and 62 property damage collisions.
Edmonton police are reminding drivers to “drive for the road conditions and give themselves extra time to travel, especially when roads are icy or snow covered,” said an EPS spokesperson to Daily Hive in an email.
Edmonton Police Service are sharing the following winter driver tips:
- Unless absolutely necessary, avoid travelling in poor conditions
- Plan your route ahead of time and expect a longer commute
- Check road conditions prior to out-of-town or highway travel
- Make sure that your car is properly cleared of snow and ice before you begin your drive
- Keep headlights turned on at all times to increase visibility
- Slow down when road conditions are poor. Remember that posted speed limits are for ideal conditions and slowing down may be necessary when roads are slick
- Try to avoid sudden movements by anticipating stops, turns and lane changes in advance
- Increase your following and stopping distances
Tips on what to do when you’re involved in a collision are available online.