Ottawa-Gatineau traffic updates for Nov. 8

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A Whitby, Ont. man, 29, died after a vehicle believed to be travelling the wrong way on Highway 403 in Mississauga struck a concrete guard rail in April. (Ontario Provincial Police/Twitter)

Good morning commuters!

When it comes to traffic incidents, it takes quite a bit to surprise me anymore.

I was beginning to think I'd seen or heard it all until I got an email from the OPP yesterday about wrong-way drivers.

In fact, the OPP has had to start an awareness campaign about it so people know what to do when encountering a vehicle coming at them on the highway.

That was the word the OPP used, as well — "when" encountering, not "if" you encounter — as though it is an eventuality.

It may well be.

Here's the surprising part: there have been 25 of these in the past month on OPP roads.

There were 182 of them last year and a whopping 207 so far this year.

Of the ones in the past month, five had led to crashes. Two people died and a woman in our area was very badly hurt.

The OPP's message is aimed at the right-way driver. If you see a vehicle coming at you, pull over and get their plate.

Take care out there, folks.

If you have a traffic or commuter gripe about driving, cycling or being a pedestrian commuter — anything from problem intersections, to parking, to inefficient routes — send it to Doug at​ doug.hempstead@cbc.ca.

And remember, you can share what you see on the roads with me on Twitter at @cbcotttraffic. Or give me a ring at 613-288-6900.

About the Author

Doug Hempstead

CBC Ottawa's traffic specialist

Doug Hempstead is CBC Ottawa's traffic specialist and can be heard on CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning and All In A Day. Sometimes, he even sleeps. Originally from the Ottawa Valley, he is a musician and family man - married with two daughters. Doug is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years experience in the region covering all types of news. He welcomes your input on traffic issues and can be called directly while the shows are airing at 613-288-6900. Tweet him at @cbcotttraffic or @DougHempstead. His e-mail is doug.hempstead@cbc.ca.