RCMP Urge Motorists to Slow Down for First Responders

December 20, 2017
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

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The RCMP are asking motorists to adjust speeds for road conditions and to slow down at collision scenes and other incidents where first responders are present.

At 4:30 a.m. this morning, members of the Queens District RCMP responded to a report that a vehicle had gone off Highway #1 in Stratford and went into the ditch. The two occupants of the vehicle were not injured, but the vehicle sustained considerable damage. Road conditions at the time were described as very icy.

At 5:15 a.m., two RCMP members were present, with two RCMP vehicles with all emergency equipment on, to provide traffic control while a tow truck pulled the vehicle out of the ditch.

A vehicle travelling west on Highway #1, approaching the stopped emergency vehicles, failed to slow down, and the driver lost control and ran into an unoccupied RCMP vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was not injured, but his vehicle sustained considerable damage, as did the police vehicle, which is likely not repairable.

The investigation into the collision involving the police vehicle is continuing, and charges may be laid against the driver of the vehicle that struck the police vehicle. Had the vehicle not struck the police vehicle, it may have struck one of the police officers or the tow truck operator who were out on foot at the scene.

At this time of the year weather and road conditions can change very quickly. 'Fender benders', vehicles leaving the road, and more serious collisions occur all too frequently. Police officers, fire department members, ambulance personnel, department of highways workers, and tow truck operators all put themselves at risk in responding to, and dealing with these incidents.

If you are approaching a scene with first responders or emergency personnel present, slow down, and use extra care until you are clear of the area.

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Contact information

S/Sgt. Kevin Baillie
Prince Edward Island RCMP
902-566-7165

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