Thursday, May 9, 2013

Community Column by Don Butt (May 2013)

(Town of Mono, ON) Things that scare me while driving:
- Cars that pass me on the wrong side when I am not driving fast enough for them.
- Vehicles coming onto a main road from a driveway or side street that roar up to the stop at high speed and often stop with their front bumper protruding onto the main road . I have had to pull over one lane to go around them .
- Cars that pull so far forward in the turn lane at an intersection that the driver on the right cannot see to the left.
You have been warned!

A subject that always comes up at committee meetings is speeders on back gravel roads. These are not highways and have lower speed limits than highways .These roads in the country may have walkers, bike riders, riders on horses, etc. Give them a break. A friend tells me that she gets sprayed with gravel from these speeders and this really hurts. What is the rush?

I recently heard about one of Mono’s many dead end roads. This one is signed and not maintained as no one lives on it. The one in question is a section of 15 sideroad that comes out onto Airport Road . It seems that people don’t believe the signs and try to navigate the road, getting stuck in the process and then needing help to get out. This is a real nuisance and in the winter time could be dangerous if help does not arrive in time. It doesn’t  help that most GPS units show it as a through road which it hasn’t been for years. We will try to have this changed. Obey the signs and stay off this road!

Safety Tip
Be  aware of  traffic patterns at least 15 seconds ahead at Highway speeds. This will lessen the need for late lane changing or braking .(This tip comes to you from Doug Annett and the Skid Control School at Oakville ,Ont.

Road Watch
For those who do not have access to a computer, our forms are still available at Mono Plaza and OPP at Primrose. Otherwise use our web site on the Internet.

Don Butt is currently the Public Relations and Media Contact for the Mono Community Policing Committee. If you would like more information on anything covered in Don’s Column or would like to see a topic of public interest or safety covered; post a comment below.