Dis­tracted driv­ing kills

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up to 30% to 40% shorter than one with all-sea­son tires. The most im­por­tant part of a win­ter tire is ac­tu­ally its rub­ber com­pound. This is de­signed to stay soft in freez­ing tem­per­a­tures, and very ef­fec­tive for 7 de­grees Cel­sius and below. The tread com­pound used in all-sea­son tires of­fers lit­tle cold weather trac­tion and be­comes hard, los­ing pli­a­bil­ity and trac­tion in freez­ing tem­per­a­tures. Win­ter (snow) tires, how­ever, are de­signed to help de­liver safety and con­trol in snow, slush, rain, ice and cold weather. Win­ter tires are de­signed to move water. If the water isn’t moved away from the area in front of the tire, the car will hy­droplane. This is why win­ter tires are cov­ered with grooves and chan­nels. The tire tread has grooves and chan­nels to move water away to the sides, al­low­ing the tire to stay in con­tact with the sur­face. Con­sta­ble James Wal­back, a li­censed au­to­mo­tive ser­vice tech­ni­cian and a cer­ti­fied com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle safety al­liance in­spec­tor, cau­tions driv­ers that all-wheel drive ve­hi­cles help you ac­cel­er­ate, but not stop. “On slip­pery sur­faces, ve­hi­cles with four-wheel drive can ac­cel­er­ate bet­ter than those with twowheel drive. But, when you’re try­ing to stop or turn, the lim­its are de­ter­mined by the trac­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties of your tires, not the num­ber of driven wheels. Op­er­at­ing an all-wheel drive ve­hi­cle does not mean that you do not have to ad­just your driv­ing to the con­di­tions you are fac­ing,” says Wal­back. The num­ber one cause of mo­tor ve­hi­cle col­li­sions dur­ing snowy con­di­tions is speed. Driver’s go­ing too fast for road and weather con­di­tions. The OPP en­cour­ages all mo­torists to prac­tice safe and cour­te­ous driv­ing habits to re­duce the risk of pre­ventable win­ter col­li­sions. Re­mem­ber - ice and snow - keep it slow! The East Al­goma OPP is re­mind­ing driv­ers that no form of dis­tracted driv­ing is OK. Of­fi­cers are out on our road­ways tak­ing a com­bined ap­proach of ed­u­ca­tion and fo­cussed en­force­ment. All it takes is one se­cond of tak­ing your eyes off the road while driv­ing, and dis­as­ter could strike. Nu­mer­ous stud­ies have been con­ducted on the risks as­so­ci­ated with dis­tracted driv­ing. In par­tic­u­lar, tex­ting or talk­ing on a cell phone while driv­ing. Many of these stud­ies have con­firmed that this form of dis­tracted driv­ing is as dan­ger­ous as driv­ing while im­paired by al­co­hol or drugs which we all know is wrong. Very im­por­tantly, dis­tracted driv­ing does not just in­clude tex­ting/talk­ing on cell­phones. The OPP con­tin­ues to lay nu­mer­ous charges ev­ery year against mo­torists whose driv­ing abil­ity is com­pro­mised by other dis­trac­tions, such as eat­ing, self-groom­ing, and tend­ing to kids in the back seat, just to name a few. Driv­ing in­volves shar­ing space with other driv­ers, their pas­sen­gers, mo­tor­cy­clists, cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans. And, it is im­pos­si­ble to do so safely un­less your eyes and mind are solely fo­cused on driv­ing. “Dis­tracted driv­ing re­lated col­li­sions are 100% pre­ventable,” says East Al­goma de­tach­ment com­man­der Tyler Stur­geon. “Pas­sen­gers need to speak up and tell the driver be­cause their safety is com­pro­mised as well.” The OPP is call­ing on re­spon­si­ble driv­ers and pas­sen­gers to speak up and refuse to tol­er­ate dis­tracted driv­ing. Take a zero tol­er­ance ap­proach to dis­tracted driv­ing. Take charge of your own safety and speak up when you are in a ve­hi­cle be­ing driven by some­one who is not pay­ing at­ten­tion to the road and is en­dan­ger­ing your life. The goal is to make dis­tracted driv­ing as so­cially un­ac­cept­able as im­paired driv­ing. En­force­ment and ed­u­ca­tion are im­por­tant to putting an end to dis­tracted driv­ing prov­ince wide. As of Jan. 1, 2019, driv­ers who choose to con­tinue to drive while dis­tracted face a fine of $615, in­clud­ing the vic­tim sur­charge and a court fee, along with six de­merit points. A se­cond con­vic­tion within five years re­sults in a fine up to $2,000, a seven-day li­cence sus­pen­sion and six de­merit points again. If there is a third (or sub­se­quent) con­vic­tion in five years, driv­ers face a fine of up to $3,000, a 30-day li­cence sus­pen­sion, and a fur­ther six de­merit points.

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