With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, most of us have experienced changes in our daily routines. We are all working hard to reduce our health risks. Let us not forget about our traffic safety risks.
There is a noticeable decrease in vehicle traffic, both within and outside of our community. This should not be viewed as a licence to drive faster. More than ever, road safety should be a priority. Children are not in school during the week as we are accustomed to. They are walking, cycling and playing at all times and days of the week. Children can be carefree and not always thinking of their safety. With the arrival of warmer Spring weather, there will be an increase of pedestrians of all ages on our roadways, including elders using slow moving mobility scooters. Slow down. For you. For them.
Speeding. What’s It Worth To You?
Even modest speed decreases can significantly reduce your risk of a collision or loss of control. It is estimated that the required stopping distance at 60 km/h is 12-14 metres longer than at 50 km/h. Your stopping distance increases with higher speeds and poor road conditions such as snow, rain or even gravel. Speeding also hits your pocketbook. It increases your fuel consumption, brake and tire wear, as well as other mechanical components of your vehicle.
The Highway Traffic Act of Ontario governs the rules of the road, including speeding, and is enforceable within Neyaashiinigmiing. Our police officers will be conducting increased radar enforcement within the community, in an effort to reduce speeding and increase the safety of our roadways. A speeding ticket fine for going 20 km/h over the speed limit is $95.00, plus three demerit points and a probable increase in your auto insurance rate. All of this in addition to increased safety risks, while saving less time than you think by speeding.
It is especially important to reduce speeds in poor road and lighting conditions. Be mindful of pedestrians walking along the roadway who can be difficult to see. Cyclist and pedestrians are encouraged to wear bright clothing or reflective markings after dark.
Let’s all make an effort to be respectful and courteous of everyone using the roadways. Responsible driving starts with you. Slow down and be safe.
Neyaashiinigmiing First Nation Police