Reduce Speeds for Safe Summer Driving

Public Service Announcement

Yellowknife — July 27, 2021

With the summer bringing favourable highway conditions across the Northwest Territories, vehicle traffic is high this time of the year. The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) reminds residents and commercial drivers to follow posted speed limits and drive safely on our highways.

Drive alert, always scanning for potential hazards. Drivers should adjust their speed to the road and weather conditions. In poor conditions, drivers should leave at least four seconds of space between their vehicle and the vehicle ahead, always giving larger vehicles like trucks and buses more space. Drivers are reminded to only pass a vehicle when permitted, keeping a safe following distance behind the vehicle they intend to pass.

Some other summer driving safety tips the GNWT asks residents and commercial drivers to keep in mind include:

  • Never exceed the posted speed limit.
  • Reduce speed when passing vehicles to minimize dust and stones.
  • Carry windshield cleaning supplies and insect repellent.
  • Minimize interior dust by closing all windows and using the vent fan.
  • Keep your vehicle in good mechanical condition.
  • Check highway conditions before departing.

If there is an emergency, call 9-1-1 for police or medical assistance. Please remember cellular service is limited or non-existent along some sections of NWT highways.

We remind residents that it is an offence under the Criminal Code to drive a motor vehicle, vessel, aircraft, snowmobile, or all-terrain vehicle while impaired by drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both.

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Public Affairs and Communications
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Government of the Northwest Territories
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