As the winter season continues to bring snow and ice to roads across the region, an area fire chief is urging motorists to exercise caution when driving on the highway.

According to the fire chief, who asked to remain anonymous, the past two days have been particularly busy for emergency workers, with numerous collisions reported due to the slippery road conditions.

While the Manitoba Highway Traffic Act states that when the posted speed limit is 80 km/h or above, then motorists must slow to 60 km/h when passing emergency workers, which includes police, fire/EMS, and tow trucks. In an effort to keep everyone safe, the fire chief is asking drivers to slow down even further in stormy conditions, to just 20 or 30 km/h when passing emergency responders on the highway.

His rural department responds to multiple highway crashes throughout the winter, including on the Perimeter Highway.

The fire chief says that most of the crashes he has seen recently have been caused by drivers who were not aware of the hazardous conditions on the roads. He advises all drivers to test their brakes regularly and to be extra cautious when driving in inclement weather.

Police, firefighters, and tow truck drivers are all being kept extremely busy as they respond to emergencies on the highway, and the fire chief wants everyone to make it home safely. He urges all motorists to slow down and pay attention to their surroundings, especially when passing emergency workers on the road.