Another new year, 2019, is upon us. Road safety has been a concern of residents across North Durham and the Kawartha Lakes for years, so for this year’s opening column I will write about the driving acts I hope to see less of this year.
Let me start with tailgating. I’m sure every driver has faced this at least once in their life. They are driving, following the speed limit, and they look in the mirror to see a vehicle very close to the back of their vehicle. This act is dangerous as it doesn’t allow the driver behind very much reaction time if the driver in front needs to put on the brakes. In my opinion at least, this act does not achieve the other driver’s goal of making me want to drive faster. My message to drivers in this case is be courteous and allow sufficient space between your vehicle and someone else’s.
Now, let’s move to a passing mistake. Another annoying driving act is the people that pass a car without looking at what is coming in the other lane. I probably don’t need to tell you what makes this dangerous, but just in case, this can create an accident as it could either cause the two cars to collide or the car in the opposite lane to veer off the road. To those who are in too much of a hurry to care about the safety of themselves or other drivers, I say, “is it really worth risking your’s or someone else’s life to pass a vehicle you see as driving slow?” At the very least, be patient, look and pass when it is safe to do so.
Of course, probably one of the most dangerous things you can do is drive while you are impaired. I will echo something I said in a column a year ago, it still baffles me that people think it is okay to drink alcohol and drive, especially with the vast array of information out there about how alcohol impairs people’s motor skills, and the fatal accidents drinking and driving has caused over the years. And to those wondering it has still been happening in Durham as the Durham Police’s weekly Festive Ride results have shown numerous Drinking and Driving charges laid. If you drink alcohol at a party, please have a friend drive you home or take a taxi home.
People, let’s all make an effort to make the roads safer in 2019.
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