News release

Make Holiday Road Safety a Priority

People can do themselves, and their families, a favour by staying safe on Nova Scotia's roads this holiday season.

"Whether it's celebrating with friends or visiting family, drivers need to keep safety first and foremost in their minds when planning travel," said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan. "Highway safety is the department's top priority and there are police, plow operators, and other staff working hard over the holidays. But, with winter weather and celebrations in full swing, I'm asking all Nova Scotians to take extra care and do their part to keep our roads safe."

The leading causes of motor vehicle collisions are impaired driving, driver distraction and speeding. Wearing a seatbelt also dramatically increases safety during a collision.

Drivers can help keep themselves, and others, safe by obeying all traffic signs, giving each other space on the road, being alert at all crosswalks and keeping an eye out for pedestrians.

Those travelling during the winter months should always check weather forecasts before heading out, avoid driving in bad weather when possible and drive to match conditions.

All vehicles should be equipped with snow tires, cold-temperature antifreeze and include an emergency kit, shovel and blanket.

People should also arrange a safe way home when planning their holiday and New Year's celebrations.

"Our message is simple. Please think first before heading out onto the road this holiday season," said Insp. Bernardine Chapman, officer in charge of Nova Scotia RCMP Traffic Services. "There are many alternatives to help get you home safe. Call a taxi, take public transit or stay the night at a friend's house. As well, if you suspect someone is driving while impaired, call 911 immediately."

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Nova Scotians are reminded to take care on the roads during the holiday season.

The leading causes of motor vehicle collisions are impaired driving, driver distraction and speeding.

Wearing a seatbelt also dramatically increases safety during a collision.

Drivers can help keep themselves, and others, safe by obeying all traffic signs, checking weather forecasts and driving accordingly. They should give each other space on the road, and make plans to get home safe if they have been drinking.

While traveling during winter months, vehicles should also include an emergency kit, shovel and blanket.

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