Thursday, June 1, 2017

Community Column by Don Butt (June 2017)

Town of Mono, ON (Don Butt) I want to talk about some items concerning safe driving. I  likely have mentioned this before but last year, a change in the Highway Traffic Act concerning crosswalks came into effect. When you stop at a marked crosswalk, you must wait until all people using the walk have completed crossing to the opposite side. I have watched carefully and some are obeying this new rule and many are not. Don’t forget!!


There are some other items that are not really covered by the act but are a problem sometimes. Have you ever approached a driveway or intersection where a vehicle is waiting to turn and the driver is looking only one way? You think "Please look my way" as you are in flowing traffic and can’t stop. Another one is if you are stopped at a light in the through lane and the driver in the left turn lane has pulled up so far that you can’t see oncoming traffic. This is scary! Do I move out a little and risk my front end or do I wait for the light to change? You decide!

On Sat. May 20th Mono community Policing held it’s now annual "Bike Rodeo". It was quite successful with almost 20 kids attending who I’m sure learned a lot from OPP Constable Paul Nancekivell who runs the Rodeo for Mono Community Policing. We had some wonderful prizes for the kids from Canadian Tire (Orangeville) and a beautiful Bike Helmet donated by Cycling Elements bike shop in Orangeville. Thank you to both companies for your help. To the kids who participated, Safe biking and have fun!

Safety Tip
To stop quickly, do not pump brakes .Apply steady and smooth application of brakes, with steadily increasing pressure. You will stop much shorter. (this tip comes to you from Doug Annette 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; contact him here.