Message from McLeod's Community Safety Director
      
In the month of May, the Alberta Traffic Safety Calendar primary focus is Motorcycle Safety. Spring will finally be upon us and motorcycles will be coming out of their storage locations. Motorcycle operators need to be cautious, with some roads having sand and gravel not removed from the winter season. Motorcycle operators also need to be aware that other drivers of the roads may not be aware they are back on the road. Motorcycle operators need to be more alert to this.
 
Here are some tips to ensure your bike is safe to ride:
  • Check your lights
  • Check your tire pressures
  • Check to ensure your brakes are working
  • Check for fluid leaks
If you’re not mechanically inclined I would suggest having the bike transported to a certified mechanic to inspect.
 
Additionally, ensure your registration and insurance is current and copies are with you on your person or stored inside the bike.
 
We as drivers can help ensure motorcycle operators stay safe. I ask that you take an extra moment when changing lanes or turning at intersections to look for motorcycles that may be approaching.
 
Stranger Danger
 Stranger Danger is something I strongly believe in. Parents/Guardians – you are responsible to speak to their children about Stranger Danger to help ensure their safety. Here are some safety tips on Stranger Danger.
 
  • Avoid putting your child's name on their backpack, lunch boxes, bracelets, tags or anything which makes their name highly visible to strangers. Children are more likely to trust a stranger that knows their name.
  • Make up a family secret code and/or speak to your children who is allowed to pick them up.
  • Explain to them to never approach a vehicle or stranger even if they are trying to persuade them with candy or toys.
  • Explain to them if a stranger grabs them to do everything you can to stop him or her from pulling them away. Drop to the ground, kick, hit, bite, and scream. Do whatever it takes to attract the attention of others who can help them. Tell them to scream, “this is not my dad,” or “this is not my mom.”
  • Explain to them when trying to find help to always go to a trusted adult – teacher, principal,coach, police officer, other parent, or older siblings.
 
What am I am about to say sounds like common sense but happens over and over. Please never leave children unattended in your vehicle. Criminals look for easy opportunities and if you give them one you may regret it if your vehicle is stolen with your children still inside, your children are taken, injured or harmed.
 
If you see children left unattended in a vehicle please take down as much information as possible including description of the children and description of the vehicle (make, model, color, license plate number including province where issued) and call 911. If you can, and feel safe, stay on location until the police or the parents/guardian arrive. If the parents/guardians arrive at the vehicle before police please do not confront. Provide the police with the last direction of travel which still gives the police an opportunity to stop the vehicle.
    
If you have any questions, please contact me at  safety@mcleodcommunityleague.ca .

Ryan Bendara
Community Safety Director