PEI towers remind drivers of dangers of whiteout conditions

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island — March 24, 2015 — Tow truck drivers in P.E.I. are puzzled as to why some motorists choose to brave bad weather.

The P.E.I. Guardian reports that the weekend’s snowfall warning and blowing snow advisory—with Environment Canada citing totals of 15 cm accompanied by 70 km/h wind gusts province-wide—kept tow operators, first responders and plow drivers on their toes tending to several weather-related collisions and vehicle pileups.

“I don’t understand why people feel the need to go out when they really don’t have to. Why they go out just to get a coffee at Tim Hortons,” owner of The Real George’s Deck & Recovery, George Branton, told The Guardian. “It’s risky for the tow truck operators, a lot of people don’t realize how much we’re risking our lives when we go out.”

A number of roads were closed due to worsening conditions and accidents, with Hillsborough Bridge shut down following a Sunday afternoon pileup, and the badly hit stretch along Cherry Valley setting the scene for multiple collisions.

The blizzard-like conditions forced towers to turn down several calls, according to the report.

Branton says he hopes motorists will take heed when the authorities send out a warning to stay off the roads.

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