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Car collisions on the rise

Nelson Police responded to several motor vehicle collisions this week. - File photo
Nelson Police responded to several motor vehicle collisions this week.
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The Nelson Police Department (NPD) has responded to a large number of motor vehicle collisions this past week.

On Wednesday July 16 at 4:45 p.m. a male attempted to cross the street mid-block of 700 Front Street while traffic was stopped for the red light. He failed to note traffic began moving and was struck by a motorist using the turn lane.

The 62 year old local male was transported to Kootenay Lake Hospital to be treated for his non-life threatening injuries.

The next day, July 17, at 5 p.m. the Nelson Police were called to an injury accident on 2nd Street at Lakeside Park. One driver was attempting to leave the park and one entering it. Both believing it was their right of way entered the intersection at the same time and collided.

A passenger in one car was extracted by Nelson Fire Rescue and transported to Kootenay Lake Hospital to be examined for injuries.

Later that day, at 6:45 p.m., police responded to a report of a cyclist being struck by a car in the 600 block Hwy 3A. After investigating the incident it was discovered that a vehicle had turned across the path of the cyclist leaving no room for him to avoid running into the car. The 63 year old cyclist was transported to Kootenay Lake Hospital to be treated for his non-life threatening injuries.

According to a NPD press release, more people die behind the wheel in the summer months in Canada than any other time of the year. The NPD urges everyone driving to put safety first when they are travelling this summer.

Make sure you drive defensively and avoid aggressive driving. Besides keeping braking distance with the vehicle in front of yours, take extreme care when backing or turning. Keep out of other vehicle’s blind spots. Obey all signs and signals - including speed limits, traffic lights, stop signs and railway crossings. Don’t create undue risk or endanger other road users by tailgating, closing gaps to prevent merging, driving erratically, speeding, changing lanes in an unsafe manner, and yelling or gesturing at others.

 

 

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