The OPP would like to remind drivers to always practice safe driving. With the onset of summer weather, more pedestrians and cyclists are using area roads. In addition, traffic volume increases as seasonal residents return.
- Drivers need to be aware of their speed; paying attention to reduced speed zones around schools. A vehicle travelling at 50 km/h, in ideal conditions, still requires approximately 50 meters to stop. Distance required to stop increases with wet roads, vehicle maintenance and speed.
- Drivers also need to avoid distractions. Put cell phones away! Distracted driving is now the leading factor in deaths on OPP patrolled roads.
- When in a vehicle, wear your seatbelt. Seatbelts can only save your life if you are wearing it.
- Finally, do not drive impaired. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or a combination of the two is very dangerous. The use of any psychoactive (mind-altering) drug makes it highly unsafe to drive a car and is illegal-just like driving after drinking alcohol. Drug-impaired drivers not only put the driver at risk, but also other drivers sharing the road.
Passengers and the public in general can help by adopting an intolerance of these behaviours and recognizing the serious risk they pose to the road users.
The OPP would like remind citizens that traffic complaints, including possible impaired drivers, can be reported anytime to 1-888-310-1122.