Preventing crime and maintaining safe communities is everyone's responsibility. By practising the following personal and property safety tips, you can help reduce the incidents of crime and keep your community safe.
Safe Driving Tips
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Here are some general safety tips to remember before you turn the key:
- You must be physically and mentally alert. Do not drive if you are tired, angry or upset.
- Know your controls. You should be able to use the windshield wipers and washer, headlights, high beams, heater and defroster without taking your eyes off the road.
- Ensure that all lights and signals are working properly.
- Proper seating behind the wheel means your body should sit firmly against the seat back and your headrest should be directly behind your head. Adjust the seat so that your feet reach the pedals easily.
- Don’t overcrowd the front seat space with passengers or packages.
- You should be able to see out in all directions – do not cover windows
- Find your blind spots and adjust the mirrors accordingly.
- Ensure that driver and all passengers are wearing seat belts. Infants and children must be secured in properly installed car seats.
Speeding and its Consequences
Bill 203 - As of 2007, if a motorist goes 50 km/h over the speed limit, then officers can charge the individual up to $10,000, impound their vehicle for seven days and suspend the driver's license.
According to a new poll by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) approximately 5.4 million Canadians admitted to excessive speeding in 2007. Excessive speeding is defined as driving well over the speed limit.
Speeding is a major contributor to motor vehicle accidents. In fact, in 2006, approximately 3,800 people were either killed or seriously injured on Canadian roads in collisions involving excessive speed. Studies have shown that over 20 per cent of all traffic accidents involve excessive speed or driving too fast for conditions.
Did you know that increasing your speed by just one per cent can actually increase fatality risk by some four to 12 per cent?
"Slowing down can go a long way to saving your life," says Ward Vanlaar, a research scientist for TIRF.