Thursday, May 3, 2012

Community Column by Don Butt (May 2012)

Town of Mono, ON (Mono Community Policing Committee) This month the members of Mono Community Policing are excited by some changes we are making. Our road watch program, with the forms and drop boxes, is not working as it did at the start. People haven’t time to pick up forms, fill them out and send them in. On the advice of our local OPP, we are going to try modernizing and put the forms on the internet, attached to our web site, then people can fill them out online and email them to the OPP office. We hope this will be easier for everyone and action can be taken much faster.

If you carry an I-phone or BlackBerry, as more and more people are, you can pull over, park, and send the report from where you are. Please don’t do it while driving! We will keep one box in place for anyone who still wants to do it the old way, and this will be at Mono Plaza where it is now (main entrance in the hallway). It will take some time to make the necessary changes so please bear with us and keep checking our web site.

The other news we have is that the signs for the subdivision on purple hill are being ordered and when they come they will be installed by the Mono road crew as soon as possible. The signs, of course are the  “Neighbourhood Watch” signs to tell everyone we have a functioning program.

With the coming change in  the Road Watch program, we hope that drivers will take a moment to report the dangerous and aggressive drivers that put everyone on the road at risk of life and limb.

Safety Tip
Scan aggressively between and around parked cars when traveling through parking lots. (this tip  comes to you from Doug Annette and the Skid Control School at Oakville , Ont. www.skidcontrolschool.com ).

Road Watch
Our forms are still available at the following places. We know that many people simply call in by cell phone but you may want to keep one of our forms in your glove box to show you what information we require.
Drop Boxes:
Pete’s Donuts, Mono Mills,
Mono Plaza,
OPP Primrose

Please make the effort to report dangerous and aggressive drivers, the life you save may be your own or a loved one. Many people now simply phone in by cell phone and this is fine but please use the number shown on our report forms.

To contact us – monocommunitypolicing.ca or
Mono Community Policing Committee
c/o Town of Mono,
347209 Mono Centre Road,R.R. #2, Orangeville L9W 2Y8.