With several months of winter driving now in their rearview mirrors, are city motorists finally getting the hang of it?

Despite freezing rain that made for a slippery commute yesterday, Ottawa police and paramedics attended a relatively low number of calls, compared to past icy days. Still, dozens of minor collisions and injuries were reported across the city.


Things were busier than usual in the west end, but all collisions were minor, said Staff Sgt. Don Sweet.

"People don’t drive real fast under these conditions, so it’s all property damage," said Sweet.

Although central division received some calls as a result of the freezing rain, it wasn’t as bad as it could have been, said Sgt. Gerry Sabourin.

"Lots of times if a warning is given by the media (beforehand) people drive accordingly," Sabourin said.

Where people need to exercise more caution is on foot. "It was a bad morning for us in terms of slips and falls," said Ottawa Paramedics spokesman J.P. Trottier.

Paramedics responded to about 15 calls before noon. Although most injuries consisted of back pain, a few people suffered fractures.

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