Deadly Conditions Highlight Need for Safe Driving this Winter

It’s been a deadly winter for Alberta motorists. Calgary MLA Manmeet Bhullar was struck and killed by a semi on the QE2 Highway north of Red Deer after stopping to help another motorist on November 23rd. Bhullar was standing at the side of the road when he was hit and his death illustrates just how vulnerable people are when they are outside of their vehicles on icy roads.

Montana Highway Patrol, meanwhile, recently released harrowing dash-cam footage of a series of crashes from December 28, 2014. Somehow everyone in this disturbing video survived – including crash victims and first responders who were roadside during this dramatic scene. Please use caution and slow down when you get behind the wheel this winter. And keep an eye out for first responders at crash scenes – their safety depends on you!

The John Petropoulos Memorial Fund

About John Petropoulos

John Petropoulos was born on May 13, 1968 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He obtained his Diploma in Criminology from Mount Royal College and moved to Abbotsford, B.C. to earn his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice in 1995. John married his girlfriend of eight years, Maryanne Pope, in July of 1996 and then fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a police officer with the Calgary Police Service in October of that same year.

Constable John Petropoulos passed away in the line of duty on Sept. 29, 2000. John was investigating a break and enter complaint when he stepped through a false ceiling, fell nine feet into the lunchroom below and succumbed to brain injuries. There was no safety railing to warn him of the danger. He was 32.