City of Hamilton - Public Health Services
Injury Prevention - Road and Passenger Safety
- In Hamilton, in 2006, about 1 of every 59 residents was involved in a reportable motor vehcile collision with a 28% chance that a person would be injured.
Most motor vehicle collisions are preventable. They are not accidents.Whether you are a driver or a passenger in a vehicle, you can take steps to reduce the risk of injury to yourself, those riding in your vehicle and others are on the road:
- Never drive while impaired by alcohol, drugs (including prescription drugs) or when you are very tired.
- Always wear your seat belt and ensure everyone in your car is wearing a seatbelt.
- Make sure babies and children are in the right car seat.
- Loose items can become airborne and cause serious injury in the event of a sudden stop or collision. Be sure to secure all loose objects or place them in a console, glove compartment or trunk.
- Avoid distractions and keep your focus on driving.
- Adjust your driving according to the weather.
- Obey posted speed limits.
- ICE - In Case of Emergency. Be sure to program contact names and phone numbers into your cell phone under the name of "ICE" so that in an emergency, first responders can reach someone.
Children learn from those around them; this includes both the good and bad habits they observe. Pay attention to driving habits and behaviour. Be sure to set an example that children should follow. Remember, a good role model always wears a seatbelt and has good driving habits.
Last updated: December 11, 2008