Thursday, October 10, 2013
Community Column by Don Butt (Oct. 2013)
Recently, the Toronto auto Dealers Assoc. published a piece in the Star about the distractions and the concern is very high in the Automobile field and in Police forces. If you take your eyes off the road for one second in to-days traffic, you could be in trouble. If you must do something else while driving, wait until you have a long straight clear stretch of road or pull off. If you drop something on the floor, do not attempt to retrieve it. As my friend Doug Annette at Oakville tells people, "Just drive." The things listed at the beginning of this column, we have actually seen people do, and it scares the --------- out of me. Drive carefully with as few distractions as possible.
In Ontario, 27% of collisions are rear-enders. Prevent the risk of being hit from behind by always keeping escape space when stopped in traffic. Keep enough space so that you could change lanes or move up to create space for a following driver. If roads are wet, keep more space. (this tip comes to you from Doug Annett and the Skid control School at Oakville, Ont. www.skidcontrolschool.com)
Phone Nos. – (a list of valuable numbers to have)
For all emergencies - 911
To report non emergency incidents or bad drivers -1-800-310-1122
Or by cell phone only *677
Our forms for reporting dangerous and aggressive drivers are now attached to our website.If you prefer a paper form or do not have a computer, our forms are available at Mono Plaza and OPP at Primrose. Please use them, the life you may save could be your own or a loved one. Or use the cell number to call direct - *677.
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.