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NEWS RELEASE · 5th October 2010
Kitimat RCMP
Although it has come far too quickly, Fall is here again, which means snow will be here soon enough. Before the snow flies is the time to change over to winter tires.

Winter tires are STRONGLY recommended for use in the Kitimat area as they have been designed for use in severe snow conditions and provide better traction and tread clearing than all-season tires. Winter tires can be identified by the 'snowflake in a mountain' symbols imprinted on the sidewalls.

Winter tires are recommended for Highway travel between October 1 and April 30. Kitimat Bylaws also require winter tires be used in Kitimat between November 1 and March 31.

In accordance with signs posted on Highway 37 South, police have the authority under the Motor Vehicle Act to turn back or ticket (fine of $121) motorists who do not have proper winter tires where the signs are posted.

If you wish to stud your winter tires for better traction on ice and packed snow, you are allowed to drive with studded tires from Oct. 1 to April 30. Studs should be on all four tires if used.

When the snow does arrive, regardless of the tires you have on, remember to slow down and gave yourself more time to stop and a greater following distance between vehicles. The first few weeks after the snows start are always rife with accidents as driving relearn the skills needed to drive safely on slippery roads. Use the proper equipment and extra caution and you can drive safely through the upcoming season.