Message from McLeod's Community Safety Director

May Message

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 

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 780-616-7140Dedicated Designated Drivers 780-819-8175Reliable Ride Designated Driving Service 780-633-1610Drive 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