Remember to Drive SAFE this winter

Halton has a reputation as Canada’s safest region, partially due to the great work of our police officers, but also due in large part to the vested interest residents have in ensuring one another’s well-being.

As part of Halton Region’s ongoing partnership with the Halton Regional Police Service and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.), Halton has the Safe Roads…Your Call program to educate motorists about the dangers of drinking and driving.

This program encourages motorists to help police by calling 9-1-1 immediately when they witness a suspected impaired driver on Halton roads.

Once 9-1-1 operators receive a call from the public through the Safe Roads…Your Call program, it is assigned high priority and all available police resources are used to locate the suspected vehicle. Motorists reporting a suspected impaired driver in progress should have a description of the vehicle, the nearest intersection where the suspect was witnessed and direction the vehicle was headed, and if possible, a license plate number.

We want everyone to stay safe on our roads, so motorists should not jeopardize their own safety, or that of other motorists in order to provide police with any of these details – only report what you can safely observe.

The Safe Roads… Your Call is only a piece of the puzzle to help reduce aggressive driving on our roads. You can also do something about aggressive driving – report it!

If you see a driver demonstrating unsafe driving behaviour, you can submit a Citizen Report Form through the Halton Community Road Watch program. The police then send an information letter to the registered vehicle owner explaining that their vehicle was observed being operated in an unsafe manner at a specific time and location and asking for voluntary compliance. For more information, visit www.haltonroadwatch.ca External Link.

Driving sober and following the rules of the road are things everyone can do all year round. With winter weather coming, Halton’s Drive SAFE website has winter driving tips to remind you of how to stay safe on our roads this winter at www.halton.ca/winterdriving.

Working together, we can help keep our roads safe and make sure Halton stays a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”