Thursday, June 6, 2013

Community Column by Don Butt (June 2013)

(Town of Mono, ON) This month we are going to talk about a variety of things First of all , have you ever been passed on the wrong side because you were not driving fast enough for the driver behind? I have, and it was a little disturbing because a stop light (red) was only yards away. They can’t wait!! Another beef that I have is people who pull out so far in the right lane at an intersection that anyone in the turn lane cannot see if traffic is coming . Think about it!! You stop at the white line !

Summer is coming and vacations even one day excursions, mean that your home is deserted. An opportunity for vandals, thieves etc. to take advantage. Take a few important steps to help thwart them. Put away lawn and garden equipment. Make sure doors and windows are securely locked. If you have glass patio doors make sure you block the sliding glass with a stick (a short piece of broomstick works well) and take the opportunity to trim back shrubbery that blocks the view of doors and windows. It is less likely to be a temptation if a door or window can be seen by a neighbour or a passer-by. If you are going to be away overnight, motion floodlights are an excellent idea. Put a couple of indoor lights in different rooms on timers so it appears that some one is home. We do not recommend leaving an outdoor light on as this is a dead giveaway that no one is home. Have a great summer!

Safety Tip
In Ontario, every 75 seconds, there is a car crash. Driving, for most people, is the most dangerous part of their day. Consider this the next time you take a safety shortcut, is it worth the risk? (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.