Message from McLeod's Community Safety Director
      
Drink Smart
This time of year is when workplaces start having their Christmas parties for their staff. Most parties have alcohol being offered to their staff. If your going to drink please don't drive. Here are some tips if you choose to have one drink and drive afterwards.
 
  • Eat food to help balance alcohol consumption
  • Don't mix alcohol with prescribed medications
  • Drink water before and after having a drink
  • After having a drink wait minimum one hour before driving
 
If you plan on consuming multiple drinks, I ask you to please plan ahead. Have a designated sober driver, call a taxi, take public transit, or call one of these companies listed below that can take you and your vehicle home.
 
Alberta Designated Drivers 780-616-7140
Dedicated Designated Drivers 780-819-8175
Reliable Ride Designated Driving Service 780-633-1610
Drive Smart Designated Drivers 780-544-9292
    
Vehicle Safety
While warming up your vehicle only use remote starters. Do not leave children unattended at any time in a vehicle. If you observe a child left unattended in a vehicle, please call the police at 911. If you can, remain at a safe distance and stay on scene until police arrive.

While away from your vehicle doing your shopping, if you need to leave bags or packages, ensure you leave them out of sight. This also applies to loose change, garage door openers, wallets or purses. Ensure your vehicle is locked at all times.
    
Winter Driving
I recommend getting an app on your cell phone and keeping up to date on the weather conditions. This will help you to plan ahead. When the weather takes a turn for the worse here is some tips to help keep you safe on the road.

  • Slow Down. The speed limit listed is for ideal conditions.
  • Give yourself extra space between vehicles.
  • Slow down approaching icy intersections.
  • Avoid spinning when attempting to accelerate from an intersection when the light goes green. This creates ice.
  • Do not use cruise control in winter conditions.
  • Signal well in advance before turning.
  • Turn on your headlights and ensure your taillights are on.
  • Unless travel is necessary during storms, please stay off the roads.

I am still observing vehicles not slowing down when driving in the lane immediately next to emergency vehicles with their lights flashing. Drivers must reduce speed to 60 km/hr or the lower posted speed limit when passing emergency vehicles or tow trucks that are stopped with their lights flashing. The law applies to the lane immediately next to the stopped vehicles. If caught, the normal fine for speeding doubles.
    
Home Safety
When you leave or go to bed ensure all your doors are locked. If you have a security system, ensure it is armed. After Christmas is over avoid placing high-ticket boxes or bags out on the curb that are visible to everyone. Take larger boxes to the recycle depot and place bags in black garbage bags. Do not place presents under a Christmas tree that can be easily viewed from the outside in a front window. Be cautious with candles. Do not leave them unattended.
    
I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Be safe!
    
If you have any questions, please contact me at  safety@mcleodcommunityleague.ca .

Ryan Bendara
Community Safety Director