Five on the Fifth – Travel Safe this Summer


2019-07-04 13:39 PDT

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This month’s Five on the Fifth is dedicated to travelling safely. Summer time is a great time to get away with friends and family, both around the province and abroad. We want to help keep you and your family safe during the summer months.

  1. A travel plan can save your life. Have a trip plan before you leave on a road trip and share it with a friend or family member. In the event you don’t arrive at your destination on time, having a plan can help officials locate you and send help if needed.
  2. Know before you go. Marijuana may be legal in Canada. and some states but it is illegal to take cannabis across the Canadian border. You could be subject to criminal charges if you try to travel to other countries with any amount of cannabis in your possession. This applies to all countries, whether cannabis is legal there or not. When you are travelling within Canada, it is your responsibility to learn the laws of the province or territory you are going to. If you use cannabis, follow the laws in that jurisdiction.
  3. Check your list twice. Conduct thorough reference checks when hiring a dog-walker, pet-sitter or house-keeper that will have access to your home while your away to safeguard your property during a vacation. More tips for safeguarding your home while your away.
  4. Knowledge can float your boat. Thinking about renting a boat on your vacation? Know the rules. Boating is fun, but about 100 people die and many more are seriously injured every year in boating incidents. Most boating deaths and injuries can be avoided by wearing life jackets properly and making sure your boat has the necessary safety items on board. Remember that Canada’s Criminal Code also applies to boating. Activities like operating a boat while impaired, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and operating an unseaworthy boat are crimes.
  5. So you want to tow. A pre-trip inspection of your trailer can make the difference between a safe trip and one that ends in disaster. The inspection is to look for possible safety defects and potential mechanical problems that could range from costly repairs and delays while on the road to collisions, injuries or even death. The pre-trip inspection begins with checking under the hood, then getting into the truck to check gauges, etc., walking around the truck and trailer to check lights and certain mechanical components. The final step is to pull ahead slowly to check for brake and steering response.

Five on the fifth is an occasional series of five lesser-known facts about well-known crime and safety issues. Five on the Fifth is compiled and released by the Coquitlam RCMP Communications and Public Affairs Team when the 5th of the month falls on a weekday. Follow #FiveOnTheFifth on Twitter to get the latest updates.

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