Safety Tips

Traffic safety touches all our lives and has consistently been identified by the community as a policing priority.

Road safety is a shared responsibility. The Cornwall Community Police Service urges motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users to make safety their top priority at all times as we work together to achieve our goal of making our streets safer.

Please review the Safety Tips listed on the top right side of the page.

Quick Tips!

Buckle up! It's the law. 

  • Buckle up with a properly fastened seat belt no matter how short the journey. 
  • Protect children travelling in your vehicle. Use child safety seats according to manufacturer's instructions. 
  • Make sure teenagers buckle up.

Keep your hands on the wheel 

  •  Keep your mind on the task at hand. Driving isn't the time to be shaving, putting on make-up, or eating your lunch.

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  • Check traffic in all directions before entering an intersection. 
  • Watch for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists and children playing.

Obey the speed limit

  • Slow down when road and weather conditions are poor.

Give yourself a space cushion

  • Leave space around your vehicle so you have room to stop or maneuver in an emergency.

Always check your blind spot 

  • Look in your mirrors and shoulder check before you change lanes.
  • Be aware of other driver's blind spots. Can they see you?

Yield the right-of-way 

  • If in doubt, let the other driver go first.

Reduce your risks 

  • Practice courtesy at all times. Share the road. Don't cut people off or make sudden lane changes. 
  • Obey traffic control devices.
  • A stop sign means come to a complete STOP.
  • Be cautious when approaching intersections. 
  • A yellow light means clear the intersection - NOT try to beat the light. 
  • Make yourself visible. Day or night, always turn your headlights on, use your running lights, and make sure your tail lights are working. 
  • Use your signal lights so others on the road know what you're going to do. 
  • Don't follow too close.

Make the smart choice -- Drive alert 

  • Alcohol, medication, fatigue or stress will affect your driving. Drive only when you are fully alert.

Always check the weather. 

  • Drive slowly and with caution when battling the elements of snow, ice or rain as visibility drastically declines.

Have your vehicle serviced regularly 

  • A well-maintained vehicle is a safe vehicle.

Pedestrian Safety Tips Watch fo car sign

  • The right of way is not one that is worth risking your life for.
  • Avoid juggling multiple tasks when crossing the street such as checking email or talking on the phone.
  • Pause or stop your MP3 player when crossing busy streets. Listening to music impacts your ability to listen for alerts from oncoming vehicles and streetcars.
  • Always try to make eye contact with a motorist before you cross. Even if a car is stopped, the driver may be distracted or not have noticed you.
  • Don't assume drivers can see you clearly at night. Wear bright or light coloured clothing so that you will be more visible to motorists.
  • Children learn by example. Teach kids from an early age to cross only at crosswalks, and never cut across a street with your child.
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