SCUGOG: Motorists of all ages will have the chance to see first-hand the dangers of distracted driving and speeding in an upcoming road safety event in Port Perry.
RoadWatch Scugog is holding its 'Nine and Three and Stay Hands Free!' event from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 27 in the parking lot of Vos' Independent Grocer, located at 1874 Scugog St. (Hwy. 7A) in Port Perry.
According to RoadWatch spokesperson Kristi Van Kessel, the event is designed to inform drivers of the various dangers behind the wheel, such as speeding and texting, which will take place inside an enclosed video driving simulation.
"You can tell people all you want about these dangers, but the best way is to show them," she said.
The free event, funded in part by the provincial Ministry of Transportation, is open to the public.
This is the first public event put on by the new RoadWatch Scugog group, which reformed last year after disbanding in 2011.
According to Ms. Van Kessel, this event will be the first of many in the years to come. Although RoadWatch has made numerous appearances at community events throughout the year, including booths at local car shows and the Port Perry Fair, Ms. Van Kessel said that the group hopes to engage the public even further.
"Since our revitalization, we try and make appearances at various events around town, but we still get some people coming up to us and asking what RoadWatch is," she said.
In 2012, the first full year of reporting for the new committee, Ms. Van Kessel said that a record 114 reports of dangerous driving were filed, with 2013 already on its way to top that number. Many of those reports, she said, have been filed on-line through www.drps.ca. While paper forms can still be filled out at various locations throughout the township (including The Standard office at 94 Water St. in Port Perry), many residents have opted to file electronically due to convenience, said Ms. Van Kessel, which has helped increase the number of overall reports.
"We've been getting involvement from a lot of new people," she said, adding that many reports have come from local crossing guards. "It's also helped that people can now file those reports on-line."