Margie Henley from the Ministry of Transportation hands out a goodie bag to a motorist during a Switch Into Winter campaign in Williams Lake Friday morning.

Margie Henley from the Ministry of Transportation hands out a goodie bag to a motorist during a Switch Into Winter campaign in Williams Lake Friday morning.

Motorists given friendly winter driving reminder

The annual Switch Into Winter campaign greeted motorists along Highway 97 South in Williams Lake Friday.

Motorists were given friendly reminders to prepare for seasonal driving during a multi-agency Switch Into Winter campaign Friday.

Traffic was stopped along Highway 97 South in Williams Lake as members from the RCMP, Central Cariboo Search and Rescue, ICBC, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Interior Roads, the City of Williams Lake and Community Policing volunteers handed out goodie bags.

“We really want to get awareness going this year,” said Diana Pozer, road safety co-ordinator with ICBC. “The more people we can get the word out to get the mind set ready as well as their vehicles the better.”

People were reminded that winter tires should be on by now, that lights and wipers need to be working, and a mechanical checkup is recommended.

“Hopefully people will take advantage of the time change and rest up,” Pozer added. “The day’s will be shorter now so we will have less light when driving.”