Is It Time To Make Snow Tires Mandatory For Ontario Cars?
Brace yourself for a shock Toronto, you’ll need to brush the snow off your car this morning as well as your teeth. We got up to 5cm of snow overnight and can expect another 2 to 4cm today more of the same throughout the week. Toronto could see 15cm of total accumulation by Thursday.
The first significant snowfall of the season in the city means the need for commuters to re-learn how to drive in winter conditions. Slow down, drive to the slick conditions, leave extra time, all the usual warning from the various police forces.
Out in the Guelph area this morning, the westbound-401 is completely shutdown because of several crashes involving tractor-trailers. Some have spun into the ditch, others have jack-knifed, there’s a diesel spill and minor injuries. The westbound-401 is closed from Guelph Line to Highway-6.
Just after midnight a multi car crash on the westbound Gardiner Expressway caused a closure of all lanes just west of the DVP. There were only minor injuries and the closure lasted just over an hour.
Gardiner Expressway WB : West of DVP; three right lanes blocked due to a collision. City of Toronto. Traffic Management Centre.— Gardiner & Lakeshore (@TO_Gardiner_LS) November 17, 2014
While around the same time the slippery road condition saw officials close the southern portion of the DVP in both directions. Northbound was closed from the Gardiner Expressway while the southbound lanes were closed from Richmond St. to the Lakeshore until salt trucks could be brought in.
Don Valley Parkway SB : At Richmond; all lanes blocked due to emergency maintenance crews. City of Toronto. Traffic Management Centre.— Don Valley Parkway (@TO_DVP) November 17, 2014
There were also a number of other accidents across the city including crashes on the 427, QEW, 401 and 403 with several cars going into the ditch that prompted the OPP to remind drivers to adjust to the road conditions.
Large trucks with flashing blue lights are snow removal. Give them room todo their job. You will need extra travel time this morning.— OPP East (@OPP_ER) November 17, 2014
The wintery weather isn’t just for Canada. this arctic blast is dipping way down to Arizona and northern Texas. In Tupelo, Mississippi they’re expecting the mercury to dip down to -13° Celsius tonight.
Snow closed the DVP earlier this morning, and have caused accidents on the 401 & Gardiner. Is it time that Ontario makes snow tires mandatory for all drivers?