West Nipissing Police Chief Chuck Seguin reports that the number of reportable collisions from January 1 to March 31 is down considerably.
First quarter figures indicate that West Nipissing Police responded to 23 collisions in 2018 compared to 45 during the same period last year. There were no fatalities but four non-fatal injuries, the same as last year.
Seguin credits municipal roads crews who, "in difficult weather and at all hours of the day and night, work hard to keep our streets clear from snow and ice. Next, to our citizens who are obviously taking measures to drive safely. And, last but certainly not least, to the officers of the WNPS who, through targeted enforcement in potential problem areas, maintain a watchful eye on drivers who may commit offences."
The driver actions contributing the most to collisions are the failure to yield the right-of-way and improper turns.
Nine of the 23 collisions were related to intersections on Front Street in Sturgeon Falls.