Don’t let winter put your road trip on ice: top winter driving tips

Have you heard us on your local radio stations with tips about winter driving?

The main message is: drive safely! In winter, when conditions can change without warning, driving safely means keeping these things in mind:

Plan your trip ahead of time: Before you head out, plan your route, locate rest stops and check weather and road conditions – dial 511, or check @511Ontario on Twitter or the Ontario511 Traveller Information Services website http://www.ontario.ca/511. If you’re informed before you leave, you may be able to avoid problem areas. Leave yourself plenty of time for travel, and don’t rush. It’s not worth the risk! And always tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to arrive.

Prepare your vehicle: Safe winter driving starts with getting your vehicle ready. Get a winter tune-up, consider installing four winter tires, top up your washer fluid and keep your gas tank at least half full. It’s also helpful to carry an emergency kit in case you’re stranded. It should include warm clothing, non-perishable food, water, a flashlight and other safety items.

Play it safe: Slow down, be alert and drive according to weather and road conditions. Although snow plows are slower, it’s not a good idea to pass them while they’re working – in fact, it’s dangerous. The best way to drive near a snow plow is to stay back and to wait for it to pull off the highway at the end of its route.

And sometimes the best thing you can do to stay safe is to stay home. If the weather is very bad, think about rescheduling your trip.

Learn more at https://www.ontario.ca/page/winter-driving

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Stop the Excuses!

Media Release

It’s Time to Stop Making Excuses for Speeding

 FROM: Quinte Region Traffic Coalition                                                  October 24, 2017

(HASTINGS AND PRINCE EDWARD COUNTIES)

It’s time to stop the excuses for driving above the speed limit and put the safety of yourself and your loved ones first.

Drivers often rationalize the need for speed and give local officers these common five excuses after being pulled over for speeding:

  • I’m late for work or for picking up my kids
  • I need to use the bathroom
  • I was keeping up with the flow of traffic
  • I was passing a slower car
  • I needed to get to an appointment

“While all these reasons might seem valid at the time,” says Constable Dave Ludington of Quinte West OPP, “the reality is, that saving a couple of seconds off your drive does not get you anywhere, but it can land you a ticket, cause a collision, or worse.”

To make the transition back to shorter days and a hectic schedule easier this October and to avoid the need for speed, follow these simple tips:

  • Try not to overschedule your day
  • Prepare as much as you can the night before (i.e. lunch, gym bag, children’s things)
  • Plan for extra travel time and know your route
  • Before heading out the door, check on road and weather conditions
  • Leave for work or school five minutes earlier

The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition (QRTC) is encouraging drivers to try these tips, to avoid the risk of receiving a speeding ticket. For those who continue to speed, officers will be conducting enforcement across the region to ensure that drivers are following posted speed limits.

About the QRTC

The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition is a partnership of Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, Belleville Police Service, 21 Military Police Flight, CN Police Service, Tyendinaga Police Service, OPP SAVE Team, Napanee Highway Safety Division and the Bancroft, Central Hastings, Napanee, Prince Edward County, and Quinte West OPP Detachments. The QRTC aims to reduce the number of incidents resulting in injuries and deaths on roads, trails, and waterways in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.

Media Release – Motorists are reminded to practice safe driving during Canada Road Safety Week

Hastings & Prince Edward Counties/ May 16 th , 2017 – Over the next week, the Quinte Region Traffic Coalition (QRTC) is emphasizing enforcement, education and collaboration in order to support Canada Road Safety Week, which is taking place from May 16 th to 22 nd. QRTC member agencies will be conducting an enforcement blitz to catch motorists who are breaking the rules of the road, with a specific focus on behaviours that put drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and other road users at risk, including:

  • Aggressive driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Impaired driving – either by alcohol and/or drugs
  • Improper / non-use of seatbelts

“Most of the deaths and injuries that occur on our roadways are preventable,” says Constable Dave Ludington of Quinte West OPP. “With the warmer weather, we can expect to see an increase in the number of individuals using our roadways. QRTC is reminding everyone across our region to consider safety at all times,”

Tips to improve road safety include:

  • Planning for extra travel time
  • Driving distraction free – do not talk or text on your phone, put it on silent or ask a passenger to answer it for you
  • Driving sober – free from alcohol and/or drugs
  • Using seatbelts every time you drive, no matter how short the trip

The QRTC is asking the public to choose safe behaviors while travelling on our roadways, whether as a driver, passenger, cyclist, or pedestrian. During last year’s Canada Road Safety Week campaign, more than 1,200 charges were laid – including 1,008 for speeding, 51 for seatbelt violations, 31 for distracted driving, and 9 for impaired driving.

About the QRTC

The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition is a partnership of Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, Belleville Police Service, Stirling-Rawdon Police Service, 21 Military Police Flight, CN Police Service, Tyendinaga Police Service, OPP SAVE Team, Napanee Highway Safety Division and the Bancroft, Central Hastings, Napanee, Prince Edward County and Quinte West OPP Detachments. The QRTC aims to reduce the number of incidents resulting in injuries and deaths on roads, trails, and waterways in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.

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Media Release – Winter Driving Tips

Hastings & Prince Edward Counties/January 24th, 2017 – The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition (QRTC) is reminding the public of some important driving tips that will increase your chances of arriving safely at your destination this winter.

Slowing down in winter conditions will go a long way in ensuring your safety on the road.  “Many vehicle collisions happen in the winter because drivers are simply going too fast for the weather and road conditions,” says Constable Scott Preston of the Stirling-Rawdon Police Service.  “Remember, the posted speed limit is for ideal road and weather conditions, and drivers should slow down in wet, snowy, or icy weather.   Drivers should also keep a safe distance from other vehicles, which will give them enough time to respond if they need to take sudden action,” says Preston.

Before you hit the road this winter:

  • Check the weather forecast – if conditions look hazardous, delay your trip if possible
  • Use Ontario 511 to check road conditions
  • Allow for extra time to get to your destination
  • Clear ice and snow from your windows, lights, mirrors and roof
  • Focus on your driving. Put away your cell phone and other distractions
  • Always stay well behind a working snow plow, and never pass these vehicles

For more information, check out the Ministry of Transportation’s Top 10 Tips to Prepare for Winter Driving or take their Winter Driving Quiz.

 About the QRTC

The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition is a partnership of Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, Belleville Police Service, Stirling-Rawdon Police Service, 21 Military Police Flight, CN Police Service, Tyendinaga Police Service, OPP SAVE Team, Napanee Highway Safety Division and the Bancroft, Central Hastings, Napanee, Prince Edward County and Quinte West OPP Detachments.  The QRTC aims to reduce the number of incidents resulting in injuries and deaths on roads, trails, and waterways in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.

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Media Release: QRTC – Canada Road Safety Week Wrap-Up

Hastings & Prince Edward Counties/May 26, 2016 – The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition (QRTC) concluded their Canada Road Safety Week enforcement campaign on May 23, 2016.  A total of 1288 charges were laid during the week-long campaign including:

  • 1031 for speeding
  • 12 for stunt driving
  • 51 for seatbelt violations
  • 43 for distracted driving
  • 9 for impaired driving
  • 142 for other Highway Traffic Act offences

Although the campaign is over, the QRTC will continue to focus on the violations that are the major contributors to death and injury on our roads:  speeding, distracted driving, impaired driving and improper or non-use of seatbelts.  “Most of the deaths and injuries that occur on our roadways are preventable,” says Constable Scott Preston of the Stirling-Rawdon Police Service.  “We’re asking the public to choose safe behaviours while traveling on our roadways.”

About the QRTC

The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition (QRTC) is a partnership of Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, Belleville Police Service, Stirling-Rawdon Police Service, 21 Military Police Flight, Napanee Highway Safety Division and the Bancroft, Central Hastings, Napanee, Prince Edward County and Quinte West OPP Detachments. 

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Media Release: Motorists are Reminded to Practice Safe Driving During Canada Road Safety Week

Hastings & Prince Edward Counties/ May 16th, 2016 – The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition (QRTC) is supporting Canada Road Safety Week May 17th to 23rd through increased enforcement and education.

Canada Road Safety Week is a national initiative designed to increase public compliance and awareness with safe driving measures and ultimately to save lives.  QRTC member agencies will be conducting enforcement during the week with specific attention being paid to those behaviours that put drivers, passengers, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users most at risk:   

  • Aggressive driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Impaired driving – either by alcohol and/or drugs
  • Improper / non-use of vehicle restraint systems

In addition to enforcement, Canada Road Safety Week also involves an education campaign to address the importance of safe driver behaviour. The QRTC is reminding all road users across our region to consciously consider safety at all times.

“Most of the deaths and injuries that occur on our roadways are preventable,” says Constable Scott Preston of the Stirling-Rawdon Police Service.  “We’re asking the public to choose safe behaviours while travelling on our roadways, whether as a driver or passenger.”  This includes:

  • Using seat belts and child restraints every time, no matter how short the trip
  • Driving sober – free from alcohol and/or drugs
  • Driving cell phone-free – “On the Road – OFF the phone”
  • Leaving early and taking your time – “Slow Down & Enjoy the Ride”

As part of this educational effort, the QRTC is distributing car air fresheners, magnets, posters and information cards with key road safety messages at Public Health offices, Police Services and upcoming community events.    

About the QRTC

The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition is a partnership of Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, Belleville Police Service, Stirling-Rawdon Police Service, 21 Military Police Flight, Napanee Highway Safety Division and the  Central Hastings, Quinte West, Prince Edward County, Bancroft and Napanee OPP Detachments.

 

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Slow Down, Stay Alert and Stay in Control on Winter Roads

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties, ON/February 2nd, 2016 – With the ever-changing weather conditions this winter, the Quinte Region Traffic Coalition is urging drivers to be prepared for the unexpected. “Many winter collisions happen because drivers are simply going too fast for the conditions,” says Constable Scott Preston of the Stirling-Rawdon Police Service. “Roads may seem dry, but may still be slippery and dangerous. Slow down and leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles.”

Here are some other helpful winter driving tips to keep in mind:

  • Check weather and travel conditions before heading out.
  • Call 511 for information on road conditions.
  • Plan extra time to get to your destination and consider delaying or cancelling your trip in bad weather.
  • Focus on your driving – put away cell phones and other distractions.
  • Make sure you have sufficient windshield washer fluid and keep an extra jug in your vehicle.
  • Always stay well behind a working snow plow and never pass these vehicles.
  • Install four winter tires on your vehicle. All-season tires begin to lose their grip when the temperature drops below + 7 degrees Celsius.

“It’s never too late to install winter tires, they do make a difference for your safety,” says Preston. “Using winter versus all-season tires on a snow-covered road can shorten stopping distances by as much as one-and-a-half car lengths when travelling at 50 km/hr.” For more safe winter driving information, visit www.ontario.ca/winterdriving.

About the Quinte Region Traffic Coalition

The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition is a partnership of Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, Belleville Police Service, Stirling-Rawdon Police Service, 21 Military Police Flight, Napanee Highway Safety Division and the Bancroft, Central Hastings, Napanee, Prince Edward County and Quinte West OPP Detachments.

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