On Tuesday, January 4, at 2:51 pm RCMP received report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 16 east of Terrace, BC. Emergency Services (Fire Rescue, Ambulance, RCMP) attended to the scene which was located on Highway 16 approximately 30 kms from Junction of Highway 16 and 37 in Terrace. The highway at this location is an asphalt paved two lane road sanded with slushy slippery sections in the non traveled areas. It was a cloudy, clear day, with temperature near 0'C at time of crash.
It appears the driver (a 64 year old female resident of Terrace) and lone occupant of a westbound brown 2009 Chevrolet Uplander lost control of the vehicle and crossed into the east bound lane. This vehicle had worn all-season tires, bearing M+S stamp with out an aggressive tread pattern.
An east bound red 2003 Kenworth tractor pulling two unloaded flat bed trailers (driven by a 71 year old male resident of Smithers) contacted the van. The tractor and trailers ended up going off the road right down a bank before coming to rest.
The tractor sustained some damage and its’ driver who was wearing his seat belt was able to walk away from the vehicle, The van ended up on the shoulder of the west bound lane and sustained severe damage. The driver, who was also wearing her seat belt, was extracted by emergency services and taken to hospital in Terrace by ambulance. She sustained what are believed to be non life threatening injuries.
The highway was closed for few hours as a result of the crash.
Alcohol impairment and speed are not believed to be factors in this crash. Seat belts do save lives and prevent injury. Police investigation continues. Some Reminders and Important Driving Information
All-season tires are not recommended for winter driving.
- snow tires provide better traction and braking in deep snow
- snow tires provide greater stability and control on slushy roads
- using snow tires on all four wheels of your vehicle allows for more effective acceleration, braking and cornering
- some winter tires have features that allow for better grip on ice
Tires marked with the pictograph of a peaked mountain with a snowflake meet specific snow traction performance requirements, and have been designed specifically for use in severe snow conditions. At law - What is a winter tire? Motor Vehicle Act - Section 208 states: 208 (1) For the purpose of this section, "winter tire" means a tire that is
(a) advertised or represented by its manufacturer or a person in the business of selling tires to be a tire intended principally for winter use, and that provides, or is designed to provide, adequate traction in snow or mud; and
(b) in the condition respecting tread wear and other particulars the regulations prescribe.
(2) The Minister of Transportation and Highways may, by public notice or by placing signs, prohibit vehicles from being driven or operated on a highway that are not equipped with chains, winter tires or sanding devices, or a combination of these the minister considers adequate and necessary in view of prevailing road conditions.
(3) For the purposes of a prosecution under this section, the onus is on the defendant to prove that a tire alleged not to be a winter tire is in fact a winter tire.
Motor Vehicle Act Regulations- Section 7.162 states:7.162 A winter tire as defined in section 208 of the Act shall have not less than 3.5 mm of tread depth across the surface of the tire in contact with the road.
So, If you're driving without winter tires in an area they are required, or if your tires have less than 3.5 mm of tread depth and the police stop you, you may receive at fine.
Chances are very good that, if you are without winter tires in an area they are required or have worn out tires, you will crash. Aside from the police giving you a ticket with a small fine, one might face being sued or perhaps, if it's a commercial vehicle accident, some labour code issues could arise.
Property damage or monetary loss is a concern however, of more concern is someone may sustain injury or death.
Transport Canada is a good source for information around winter tires and driving in winter conditions.
Prevent problems before they occur: Top 10 tips
1. Ensure your vehicle is winter ready in the fall.
2. Install four matching winter tires.
3. Pack an emergency kit.
4. Learn and practice winter driving techniques before you need them.
5. Plan your trip, check road and weather conditions.
6. Remove all snow from your vehicle before each trip.
7. Give yourself extra travel time in bad weather.
8. Avoid using overdrive and cruise control on slippery roads.
9. Travel with a fully charged cell phone.
10. SLOW DOWN and WEAR your seatbelt.
Studded tires are permitted between October 1 and April 30th.
For information on road conditions contact Drive BC ph: 1-800-550-4997 or www.drivebc.ca Get a Grip... For Safety's Sake USE WINTER TIRES.