Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Community Column by Don Butt (June 2016)

Town of Mono, ON (Don Butt) This month we would like to talk about drunk drivers or more accurately, what appears to be drunk drivers. Quite often when an car accident happens, people tend to think "was the driver drinking", if the circumstances seem to indicate so.
In spite of all the publicity about it, this is not always so. Drugs have the same effects and these are not always illegal ones. Many prescription ones, especially if someone takes an extra dose in error, can make you drowsy, wobbly, incoherent or worse. It is often suspected that seniors make these errors but in this high pressure world of ours, it could be someone much younger. Doctors and Pharmacists tell you that if you can’t be sure you took it, don’t double up, wait until the next dose is due.

It is not necessarily prescription drugs that are dangerous. Many over the counter drugs must be taken according to instructions as well. An overdose can be very dangerous. Many years ago, a Police officer that I knew had bad allergies and had to take anti-histamines for it. If he did he informed his boss that he couldn’t drive a cruiser that day. Drugs all have some side effects; for some people worse than others. Please keep this in mind if you must drive. All this said, alcohol is one drug that should never be behind the wheel!

Safety Tip
Cover brake when in doubt for improved reaction time. (This tip comes to you from Doug Annett and the Skid Control School at Oakville, ON 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

Road Watch
To report unsafe driving behaviour contact OPP Communications Centre:
*OPP (*677) on your Cell or
1-888-310-1122 on your Landline.
If you prefer a paper form, 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.

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.