Aurora, Ontario – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is warning motorists of the importance of adjusting driving behaviour to road conditions, following the deaths of seven young people in two separate multi-vehicle collisions on January 3.

The fatal collisions, which claimed the lives of people between the ages of 17 and 19, were both related to winter driving conditions. Weather changes such as sudden storms and plunging temperatures can drastically change road conditions and reduce visibility.

“It is critical that motorists adjust their driving behaviour to the weather conditions, which can change rapidly and without warning,” said Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey. “Driving too fast for the road conditions is the number-one cause of winter collisions. Even on a sunny day, black ice is a constant danger and drivers should always assume its presence.”

The OPP is asking the public, and parents in particular, to speak to their young drivers about the inherent dangers of winter driving and to lead by example.

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