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Transportation Safety

Distracted Driving is Dangerous 

One of the leading causes of automobile collisions in Canada is distracted driving.  Since October 2009, its been illeagle to operate an electronic device while driving a motor vehicle. The fine for using an electronic device while driving is $155.00. The most common forms of distracted driving are talking on a cell phone or sending or receiving text messages while driving.  Innocent people have been killed by drivers who were talking or texting while driving.  No text or phone call is worth the chance of causing a serious car crash or worse,  causing the death of an innocent person.   Pull over and find a safe place to park if you must use your phone.  Otherwise, when driving,  leave your phone...alone.

 

Before you Enter your Car

 

  • Keep your vehicle in good repair, including plenty of gas and current road maps.

  • Check your vehicle's fluid levels and tire pressure regularly.

  • Obtain a "call police" sign and emergency kit in the event of a break down.

  • Carry an ice scraper and shovel in your car during the winter months.

  • Buy a cellular telephone and keep the batteries charged (at least every 30 days). Consider a cigarette lighter adapter to save batteries.

  • Have your keys in hand so you do not have to linger before entering your car.

  • View the interior of your vehicle before entering to assure no one is hiding inside, even if the doors were locked. Visually check the outside as well.

 

While you are in your Car

 

  • Always lock your car after entering and when leaving it.

  • Keep the windows closed.

  • Know your route and stay on it.

  • Never pick up hitchhikers.

  • Park keeping in mind what the environment will be like when you return. Will it be dark? If so, park near lights.

  • If possible, reverse your vehicle in to the spot for a clearer view upon exiting.

 

If you become Stranded

 

  • Keep doors locked and windows rolled up. If you open your window, only open it to the point of breaking the seal, no further.

  • If a stranger offers to help, do not get out of your car. Ask the person to call for assistance or advise them the police are on the way.

  • Place a "call police" sign in the window.

  • Remember 9-1-1 on a cellular telephone does not give police your location. Know where you are so that emergency services can locate you. Consider using a GPS device to assist you.

  • Do not stop to offer help to a stranded motorist. Call for assistance for them.

 

Think you are being followed?

 

  • Do not drive home. You do not want this person to know where you live.

  • If you suspect that someone is following you, drive to the nearest police station, open service station or drive-in restaurant. Stay in your vehicle and use the horn to draw attention to yourself.

  • Try to obtain the licence plate number of the vehicle following you, as well as make, model, colour and a description of the driver. If you have a phone, call police right away.

 

What about Road Rage

What Can you do?

 

  • Pay attention to your driving. Do not drive while talking on your cell phone.

  • Keep to the right when driving at the speed limit.

  • Avoid tailgating, flashing headlights or cutting other people off.

  • Switch the radio station, if you're being aggravated by what you hear.

  • Use your signals and be courteous.

 

What Should you do if you are a Victim of Road Rage

 

  • If someone is acting aggressively toward you, avoid eye contact while driving.

  • If someone approaches your vehicle acting aggressively, drive away if you can.

  • Do not leave the relative safety of your vehicle.

  • Do not issue or respond to verbal taunts.

  • Get a description of the vehicle and occupant(s) including licence plate and contact police.

 

Parking

 

  • Always make a mental note of where you've parked.

  • If you are in a parking structure know where the nearest exit is and where you intend to go before you exit your vehicle.

  • Try to walk to your vehicle with a friend.

 

Public Transportation

 

  • Know the schedules and sit near the driver. During the evening hours ask the driver to let you off near your destination as part of their request stop program.

  • Use caution in conversations with strangers. Avoid giving your name, address or place of employment. Avoid clothing or items that identify you or your profession.

  • Have someone meet you at your stop.

 

Hiring a Driving-Service

 

  • When considering hiring a driving-service we recommend you take the time to do a little research.  Visit the company website and learn what safety measures they have in place and how exactly their service operates.
  • You should be provided with the drivers name, photo and license plate number at the minimum. This way you know who is picking you up ahead of time and should not have to approach unknown vehicles or persons to try and find your ride.
  • Share your destination and ETA with family and/or friends so they know where and when to expect you. Follow your trip using your phone GPS so you know where you are.