OSWEGO – Friday introduced a near the Nationwide Middle for Rural Street Security’s Rural Road Safety Awareness Week (RRSAW), the second marketing campaign to mitigate critical accidents.
RRSAW began this previous Monday, July 19 and this 12 months’s theme, in response to the Nationwide Middle for Rural Street Security, was “Dwell, Work and Discover alongside the Rural Street to Zero.” This zero that’s talked about is a part of the middle’s general purpose of bringing rural street fatalities and critical accidents to “zero.” With a view to do that, it’s crucial for drivers to decelerate and comply with good driving practices, even when there’s no one else on the street.
“I believe some individuals could tend to drive quicker if they’re in a rural setting. Pace is likely one of the prime causes of accidents. The better the pace the shorter the response time,” Oswego Police Chief Phil Cady mentioned. “Decelerate and provides your self time, general, dashing doesn’t get you there any quicker. Put on your seatbelt and ensure everybody within the car can be sporting it.”
Past slowing down and sporting a seatbelt, Cady added that folks mustn’t textual content and drive as “distracted driving is a number one reason for accidents.”
Over the previous week the Nationwide Middle for Rural Street Security had 5 totally different each day focus factors together with protected street customers, protected autos, protected speeds, protected roads and post-crash care. These 5 factors of emphasis could be discovered on the middle’s Facebook page with suggestions and statistics together with the truth that “one-third of all rural fatalities embrace pace as an element,” emphasizing the concept Cady introduced in relation to slowing down.
One other situation for some drivers particularly is prevalent at evening the place there are usually not as many road lights or exterior mild to assist illuminate the roads. With a view to fight this and keep on the roads, Cady urged decelerate, a typical theme generally rural street security.
“Decelerate, particularly in case you aren’t aware of the world,” Cady mentioned. “Use excessive beams when there is no such thing as a oncoming visitors or automobiles in entrance of you. Be cognizant that folks could also be strolling or driving bikes alongside the sting or the shoulder of the roadway.”
Slowing down can be extremely essential in relation to staying inside one’s lane. Based on the middle, 30 individuals will die “at present” from rural roadway departure crashes. It suggests slowing down and maintaining autos in a single’s lane to scale back the potential for crashes and decrease their severity. The middle strongly urged car operators and passengers to put on their seatbelt because it mitigates the “affect forces in your physique.”
Whereas the following pointers are helpful for anybody in a rural setting, Oswego has an added problem of slightly troublesome winters. Ice and snow can create slick roads and harmful driving circumstances, nevertheless, snow tires are an incredible device to achieve a greater grip on the street.
“They assist with traction and dealing with of your car [in] inclement climate,” Cady mentioned. “I put mine on in mid-to-late October and take them off in late March, barring any late season storms. Many individuals generally use all-season tires, whereas they’re a assist, they don’t provide the identical management and dealing with that snow tires do.”
Whereas Rural Street Security Consciousness Week has concluded, driving in a protected method is crucial all 12 months lengthy in defending oneself and contributing to the middle’s purpose of zero street fatalities or critical accidents. Cady urged residents to contact the police division with questions relating to protected driving or automobile seat set up through phone at 315-342-8120.