Distracted driving kills
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.