This week marks one of the busiest for travel as residents head off for holiday celebrations and with traffic fatalities on the rise, DRPS is reminding everyone to drive safely.
Traffic officers report 22 fatalities on our roads this year, which is an increase from 18 fatalities in 2014. In an effort to keep that number down, DRPS is offering some information on how you can help keep our roads safer:
Be Mindful of Changing Weather Conditions
Although the weather has been unusually mild for December, road conditions can be unpredictable depending where you are driving too. It's always best to be prepared to adjust your driving to winter conditions and always travel with an emergency kit just in case.
Pedestrian Safety is a two way responsibility
Milder temperatures also mean more pedestrians out and about and drivers are asked to watch out for more pedestrian traffic than usual for the month of December. Pedestrians should also make themselves more visible by wearing reflective gear and bright clothing, especially at night. Avoid distractions such as texting and walking, cross roads safely and always make eye contact with drivers.
Avoid Distracted Driving
Drivers are also asked to avoid distractions while behind the wheel including talking on the phone or texting. Whatever you need to do can wait until you safely pull over.
Don't Drink and Drive
The number of drivers charged with impaired driving is also up over last year. After four weeks, the DRPS Festive RIDE team has charged a total of 77 motorists for drinking and driving offences. Last year at the same time, 73 had been charged. If you are enjoying some festive cheer make sure you arrange a ride home or take a taxi.
Thanks for helping to make sure everyone arrives safely at their holiday destination this year.
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