Our In the Zone initiative wrapped up last week with officers handing out 1,045 tickets over the five day traffic campaign. Officers focussed their efforts around school zones as students headed back after the holidays. Weather may have been a factor in the drop in the number of tickets from 1,362 last year, with heavy snow causing the cancellation of school buses mid-week.
With freezing rain expected overnight DRPS is reminding motorists to slow down and prepare for winter conditions. The winter months can be the most dangerous time to drive a vehicle. With snow, ice and slush on the roads, it's important to be extra cautious and to be prepared for emergencies. Snow banks can impede a driver's line of vision, so motorists should use extra caution during heavy snowfall to check those spots for pedestrians and vehicles.
Here are a few tips to keep you safe on the roads:
▪ Give yourself extra time to reach your destination to avoid speeding and stress. Stay alert, slow down and stay in control when driving.
▪ Drive according to current road and weather conditions.
▪ Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you
▪ Avoid situations where you may have to brake suddenly
▪ Invest in a roadside safety kit and keep it in your trunk
▪ Always wear a seatbelt, regardless of the time of year
▪ Check local weather and road conditions before leaving for your destination
▪ Bring a cellphone and emergency kit with you in case of a break-down
▪ Stick to the speed limit, or go slower depending on conditions of the road
▪ Regularly check blind spots
▪ Be aware of snow plows, salt trucks and emergency vehicles on the roads
For additional information, please watch our Winter Driving Video
Preparing your vehicle for the winter
1. Try to prepare ahead of the winter weather
2. Install four matching winter tires
3. Pack an emergency kit
4. Learn and practice winter driving techniques before you need them
5. Plan your trip, check road and weather conditions
6. Remove all snow from your vehicle before each trip
7. Give yourself extra travel time in bad weather
8. Avoid using overdrive and cruise control on slippery roads
9. Travel with a fully charged cellphone
10. Slow down and wear your seatbelt
Winter Driving (JPG file, 110.0K bytes)