This week marks one of the busiest for travel as residents head off for holiday celebrations and DRPS is reminding everyone to drive safely.
Traffic officers report 20 fatalities on our roads this year down just slightly from 21 fatalities in 2016. 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
Road conditions can be unpredictable depending where you are driving too. It's always best to be prepared to adjust your driving for winter conditions and always travel with an emergency kit just in case.
Pedestrian Safety is a two way responsibility
Pedestrians will be out and about shopping for last minute gifts 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 R.I.D.E. team has charged a total of 87 motorists for drinking and driving offences. Last year at the same time, 83 had been charged. If you are enjoying some festive cheer make sure you arrange a ride home, use a designated driving service, or take a taxi.
Thanks for helping to make sure everyone arrives safely at their holiday destination this year!
Holiday Travel on the Roads (JPG file, 192.3K bytes)