Motorists urged to focus more on defensive driving

Jason Malloy
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BIBLE HILL - Motorists have to slow down and concentrate on their driving, says an RCMP officer.
Sgt. Al Affleck said today's technology and way of life have created people who are always in a rush.
"People get in vehicles and they have to realize that vehicle is a potential weapon," Affleck said. "They have to take all their focus and attention to driving that vehicle in a defensive manner."
Winter driving also creates new problems and potential hazards such as windows not being completely cleared of frost.
"I've heard a lot of people complain about guys driving erratically or driving down the road with just this little peep hole in their window," Affleck said.
When the sun hits the frost on the window, "your visibility is going to be completely skewed."
Not clearing windows of frost can lead to a charge under the Motor Vehicle Act.

jmalloy@trurodaily.com

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  • Wayne
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    I agree with the officer. People are too lazy to clear their windows of frost. Also too many people in the area driving and using their cellphones. The Truro police and RCMP need to use undercover cars and nail these drivers. They could make a mint in a day.

  • Robin
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    I agree that people need to take an extra 5-10 minutes at the start of their day to warm up and scrape their vehicles!! If their is frost on the car, there is frost on the road and the 2 together make a deadly combination. Cell phones are not the only problem on the road today, what about those who drive with their dogs on their laps!! A phone to the ear is safer than an animal on your lap obstructing visibility.

  • Brian
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    I commute every day to the city and the biggest problem on any given day, people drive too fast. They're reckless and many are on their cell phones. The police are set up with their radar once in a while but if they were out there more often, people would slow down. It's so funny when drivers see a white car in the distance, you automatically see alot of brake lights!

  • Brian
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Want to know the biggest problem? Since people are afraid of getting caught holding a cell phone to their ear, they have taken to texting instead.