Thursday, November 7, 2013

Community Column by Don Butt (Nov. 2013)

(Town of Mono, ON) I attended a very interesting meeting the other night. We were at Camilla church to help establish a new Neighbourhood Watch for the village. Paul Nancekevill, OPP community safety officer, did the excellent presentation and Jim Doan, our Chairman, and I assisted. We had about 30 people out and I thought it went very well. Lots of questions from the floor, which are always appreciated. From the response we heard I think it won’t be long before we will be ordering the new Neighbouirhood Watch signs for the area. This will make 3 Neighbourhood Watches for Mono. (Ed. Note: The signs were in fact ordered today)

An interesting although expensive occurrence the other morning in Zehrs parking lot taught us (my wife and I) a valuable lesson. We had stopped at our bank on the way to grocery shop and my wife took out an amount of  cash for pocket money. She placed the money and her bank book over the sun visor and I locked (or thought I did) the car. When we came home I went to get the book and money for her and it was gone. We carefully searched the car and no luck. My wife’s car has electric doorlocks and we think one doorlock must have stuck in the off position (which they can do). Goodbye money. If you have a car with electric doorlocks, be sure to check the doors after locking, as they can stick, especially as the car gets older. It could pay off if you have anything valuable in the car. We certainly will from now on.

Safety Tip
In Ontario, 27% of all collisions are rearenders. 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 is brought to you by Doug Annett and the Skid Control School at Oakville, Ont.

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

Road Watch
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.