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Police share holiday safety tips

A traditional style letter block Santa ornament hangs on the Christmas tree at the DeWolf house.
A traditional style letter block Santa ornament hangs on the Christmas tree at the DeWolf house. - Sara Ericsson

New Glasgow Regional Police are sharing a few safety tips to help people enjoy a Christmas that is both merry and safe.

Const. Ken Macdonald said that police will be manning roadside checkpoints to catch impaired drivers over the holiday season and anyone who suspects a motorist is driving impaired should call 911.

“If you’re going to indulge in alcohol, make sure you plan ahead,” said MacDonald.

For people hosting parties that means making sure all guests have a safe ride home, while partygoers should have designated drivers.

People travelling on the roads should also check weather conditions before venturing outside, which they can do by visiting Environment Canada or using 511 Nova Scotia for the latest updates.

(Travel safety kits) have saved lives in this province.

-Const. Ken Macdonald with the New Glasgow Regional Police

Travellers can also call ahead to their hosts before they head out to ensure that someone knows where they are in case a problem arises.

Before leaving, vehicles must be winterized with snow tires and any other equipment or maintenance needed for safe winter driving.

Motorists should also carry safety kits including blankets and flashlights in case they find themselves stranded.

“They have saved lives in this province,” said Macdonald.

If motorists encounter bad weather, the best thing to do is slow down, as posted speed limits are the safe maximum for when road conditions are clear, dry and otherwise ideal.

“Expect the unexpected,” said Macdonald.

Closer to home, he noted that people are using online shopping services more and more often.

Macdonald urged people to do their research before handing over credit card details, either online or over the phone.

If out shopping at traditional stores, people should always lock their cars no matter how quickly they return.

Car thieves almost always target unlocked vehicles for easy pickings and can be gone in an instant.

Last Christmas, roughly 250 unlocked vehicles were burglarized.

“It only takes seconds,” said Macdonald.

Lastly, anyone who is away from home should arrange for trusted neighbours, friends or family to collect their paper and mail to make it look like their home is lived in and thus deter thieves.

Those going away should not advertise their exact travel plans on Facebook or other social media platforms.



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