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RCMP offer safety tips regarding current road conditions

February 1st is not a good day to travel in Manitoba. Travel on closed highways can result in a fine.

On February 1st, here's what you need to know:

The current conditions on the roads and highways around Manitoba are making driving conditions very poor. Blizzard conditions, blowing snow, and cold temperatures are creating slippery, low-visibility conditions that are dangerous to motorists. Many highways have been closed around the province as they are too treacherous to travel on safely.

The RCMP has received multiple calls regarding stranded motorists and people who are stuck in the ditch. At this time, no physical injuries have been reported and officers will assist as they are able, considering the amount of calls and the condition of the roads.

If it is absolutely necessary that you head out on the road during these conditions, make sure you are dressed warmly, that you have a full tank of gas, and somebody is aware of the route you are taking.

If you are on the road and get stranded, call police, ensure your tailpipe is clear of snow, and only turn on your car intermittently to stay warm.

As a reminder, a closed highway means that travel is not allowed for any reason and there is a potential for charges under the Highway Traffic Act ($203 fine). Also, emergency vehicles may not be able to reach you if help is needed.

Stay safe.

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