Motorists reminded of winter conditions

An early-morning accident on Highway 97 near Vernon has RCMP reminding motorists to slow down as the roads become icy.

An early-morning accident on Highway 97 near Vernon has RCMP reminding motorists to slow down as the roads become icy.

A southbound Jeep with a Vernon husband-and-wife couple inside hit ice on the overpass bridge deck near Swan Lake Thursday at around 4 a.m.

“The Jeep swerved across the northbound lane after it hit icy conditions, struck the barrier then rolled on the passenger side,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

The couple was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with minor injuries.

Police remind motorists that with the changing weather and the colder nights, icy conditions on the roads can happen at a moment’s notice.

“We have experienced snow at many of the higher elevations, and last evening our officers responded to a motor vehicle accident where an icy bridge deck likely contributed to the vehicle flipping on its side,” said Molendyk.

Good winter tires are mandatory on numerous roads in the area. Operating with winter tires on a vehicle enhances how the vehicle handles in icy conditions, making it safer for yourself and others using the highway.

“Slow down and pay attention to the road conditions,” advised Molendyk. “Just because the highway sign says 90 km/h, the road conditions might not allow that speed at that time. As the driver of a motor vehicle you are responsible for the control of it at all times.”