With festivities for Rendezvous ramping up, the Yukon RCMP would like to remind the public to enjoy their holiday in a safe way.
Dress for the weather
Remember to dress for the weather while competing in, or watching events. No matter whether you're chucking a chainsaw or enjoying cabane à sucre, it's important to stay warm. Layering up in clothing made of natural fibres will help you stay warm and dry.
Distracted driving can lead to impaired judgment and can cause an accident that could injure or kill yourself, your passengers and/or other people.
Anytime you are holding your electronic device in your hand, or when you are taking your eyes off of the road to manipulate buttons on that device, it is considered using the device and is subject to a $500 fine under the Motor Vehicles Act.
We recommend you post photos of your Rendezvous to social media either before you begin driving, or when you arrive at your destination. Similarly, wait to check your notifications and reply to your friends until after you've finished driving.
Impaired driving, by alcohol, drugs or medication, remains one of the leading causes of serious and fatal motor vehicle collisions on our roads. There is no excuse to drive while impaired. Here are some tips to plan a safe trip to your destination:
- Arrange for a designated driver with family and friends.
- Plan ahead to take public transit or a taxi.
- Stay sober yourself, and provide safe transportation for friends.
Theft from vehicles and identity fraud
RCMP would also like to remind the public to lock their vehicle doors and keep valuables out of sight. Thieves will break in for as little as a few coins. If you must leave items in your vehicle, leave them in the trunk. Also, avoid leaving any personal identification such as driver's license, or financial documents with your credit/debit information, to reduce the chances of becoming a victim of identity fraud.
Yukon RCMP wishes everyone a happy and safe Rendezvous!