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...
The Wood Buffalo RCMP would like to remind motorists and pedestrians to be extra vigilant when approaching intersections. The following are some recommended safety tips:
• When approaching an intersection or crosswalk be alert for pedestrians.
• Watch for vehicles stopped or slowing in the lane next to yours. They may be yielding to a pedestrian.
• Stay alert and slow down on residential streets and through school and playground zones.
• Failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk carries a fine of $575 plus 4 demerit points.
• POINT, PAUSE, and PROCEED. Be alert at intersections and always look out for danger when crossing the street
• Always use crosswalks and pedestrian-activated signals when they are available and cross only at intersections if they are not.
• Never jaywalk. Drivers are not anticipating pedestrians crossing in the middle of the street so they may not have enough time to avoid hitting you.
• Make eye contact with drivers before you cross the street.
• Be seen! Wear bright colored or reflective clothing especially when walking in low light or poor weather conditions.
• Walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk off the road, facing traffic, staying as far away from the vehicles as possible.
• If you are impaired, seek assistance and alternative transportation. Alcohol is often a factor in serious pedestrian collisions. On average over one-third of pedestrians in fatal crashes and 15 per cent in injury crashes had consumed alcohol prior to the collision.
• Pay attention! Remove headphones; put away cell phones or other electronic devices when crossing the street.
• Abide by traffic signs and signals. They are in place to protect your safety.
Both drivers and pedestrians are responsible for safety. Pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks, but pedestrians also have the responsibility to cross safely. ...
The first official board meeting for the Wood Buffalo Citizens on Patrol will be taking place tonight at 6:30. If you are interested in being a part of this committee please visit the Wood Buffalo Detachment in Timberlea. ...