The Wood Buffalo RCMP are encouraging motorists to adjust their driving for the ever-changing weather and winter road conditions. Weather conditions can be unpredictable. During the winter months, road conditions can change quickly and often.
Posted speed limits are for ideal road conditions when it is sunny and dry. Collisions can result in thousands of dollars in damage to your vehicle, higher insurance premiums, and even serious injuries or death. Those can all be avoided in many cases, simply by slowing down. Keep a safe distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you to avoid situations where you may have to brake suddenly on a slippery surface.
Some additional tips for safe winter driving:
• As always, buckle up when you get into a vehicle;
• Stay alert. Black ice can look like a new patch of asphalt. Pavement is usually grey-white in the winter;
• Do not use cruise control. Winter driving requires you to be in full control of your vehicle at all times;
• Allow extra time for travelling. Delay your trip if the weather is bad;
• Turn on your lights, even during the day. Regular headlights are brighter than daytime running lights, and also activate your tail lights, making your vehicle more visible to other; and
• Avoid quick or jarring movements. These can cause skidding and loss of control when changing lanes, accelerating or breaking.
Make sure your vehicle is ready for winter driving conditions: make sure to have proper tires, wiper blades and ensure the lights are functioning properly. In addition to the right vehicle equipment, have an emergency kit on board that contains warm clothes and blankets, candles, non-perishable food items, flares and other warning devices, in the event of the unpredictable. Safe roads are everyone’s responsibility! ...
The Wood Buffalo RCMP would like to remind trick-or-treaters and parents of some safety tips to consider while out for the evening:
- Wear bright colored costumes, or make sure that you have some sort of reflective gear to ensure you can be seen. Carry a flashlight so that you can see and be seen.
- Have a walking buddy, whether it is a parent, a sibling or a friend, make sure you have someone with you.
- Do not go to a house if their lights are out.
- Do not go into a house or a car of anyone you do not know.
- When walking across the street, ensure you look both ways for vehicles and use marked cross walks.
- Use the sidewalk.
- Stay in well lit areas; do not cut through alleys, parking lots, wooded areas or vacant lots.
- Do not eat any treats that have not been checked by your parents first.
- Never eat any home made treats or fruit unless you know where they came from.
- Stay in your own neighborhood and know where there is a safe house you can go to if you need help.
- Start trick or treating earlier so you can end earlier, that way you aren’t out in the dark for as long. ...
RCMP and Bylaw Services looking for community input on annual survey.
The fifth annual RCMP and Bylaw Services survey is back, and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo invites residents to have their say about law enforcement services in their community.
“We do this survey each year to determine how the RCMP and Bylaw Services are meeting the needs of the community,” said Bob Couture, Superintendent of Wood Buffalo RCMP. “Your participation helps us make the region a safer place for everyone.”
The survey is intended to gather perceptions and opinions of residents regarding awareness and effectiveness of RCMP and Bylaw services in the region. An online survey is available from Oct. 27 to Nov. 21, and a telephone survey will take place from Oct. 30 to Nov. 19.
The survey can be found online at: http://rmwb.ca/RCMPBylawSurvey...