Police urge motorists to exercise caution

Police are urging motorists to drive carefully following a series of accidents on Highway 97 in recent weeks.

Police are urging motorists to drive carefully following a series of accidents on Highway 97 in  recent weeks.

At the end of May, police were called to accidents on the highway immediately south of Summerland, while on June 4, emergency workers were called to a fatal accident between Peachland and Summerland.

Sgt. Stephane Lacroix of the Summerland RCMP detachment said road conditions were good at the time of all three accidents. He added that the highway is four lanes from Okanagan Falls to a point near Peachland.

Summer traffic conditions, with many tourists and large vehicles on the road, will not begin until late June or early July.

Lacroix said distracted driving is a factor in vehicle accidents.

Initiatives have been put in place to discourage drivers from using handheld electronic devices while driving, but the practice of using a handheld cell phone or sending and receiving text messages continues for some drivers.

“I don’t think we’ve learned yet,” Lacroix said. “Using a device while driving is as bad as driving drunk.”

 

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