Traffic and Vehicle Safety

CAR CRASH SCENE

Road Safety, Starts with you...

Check out Guelph's collision statistics for the first quarter of 2017.

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Reduce the Risks

  • Always wear your seat belt. 
  • Be aware of traffic around you by looking ahead, behind, and from side to side and make sure other road users see you and they know what you are doing. 
  • Keep a safe distance from other vehicles. 
  • Check your mirrors and find your blind spots - and don't drive in other driver's blind spots. 
  • Don't make sudden lane changes, use your signals. 
  • When stopping, check mirrors and begin braking early and stop smoothly .
  • Don't crowd your driving space with passengers or belongings. 
  • Keep to the right of the road or in the right-hand lane on multi-lane roads unless you want to turn left or pass another vehicle. 
  • Slow down as you come to intersections and look carefully for traffic lights, pedestrians and cyclists. 
  • Obey the speed limit and all signs and signals. 

 

        Drive safe booklet

 

School Zone Safety

  • Please do your part to reduce traffic in front of our schools by encouraging your child to walk to school. It is healthy for the body and the mind! Older children should walk to school with friends where younger children should walk with the supervision of an adult or an older child. Please consider walking as the first option for your child to go to and from school.
  • If you choose to drive your child to school, children in junior and senior grades should be dropped off a few blocks from the school and walk the rest of the way. Many schools have access to the schoolyard from neighbouring, less-congested side streets. This allows parents of primary aged children, JK and SK to use the designated "Kiss & Ride" areas and the roadways closest to the school.
  • There are many signs in the school zones that regulate parking, stopping, turns, access and speed. Drivers who choose to ignore the traffic signs near schools are breaking the law, increasing the danger to all children and motorists in the area. Please obey the rules and drive in a safe and considerate manner.

 Motorcycle Safety

Improve your safety and decrease your chance of being involved in a motor vehicle collision:

  • Keep your eyes and mind focused on the road and your surroundings.
  • Follow other vehicles at a safe distance, as you increase your speed increase your distance.
  • Follow the rules of the road.
  • Periodically refresh or update your driving skills.

ALWAYS PROPERLY WEAR A CSA (Canada Safety Association) APPROVED AND UNDAMAGED MOTORCYCLE HELMET - IT'S THE LAW!!

ATV and All-Terrain vehicle safety

The use of All-Terrain Vehicles and Snowmobiles are currently prohibited within the boundaries of the City of Guelph, contrary to municipal by-laws.

Read the Guelph by-laws for more information.

Bike Safety

Biking is a fun activity that gives you the freedom to go places. It's a form of transportation that's good for your body, and good for the planet. Cyclists also have to share the road with cars, pedestrians and other cyclists. Follow the link below to view the Young Cyclist Guide.

This guide has information on bicycle equipment, riding tips, and the rules of the road to keep you safe while cycling.

Go to cycling safety for more information.

Reporting non-emergency traffic issues

Citizens who wish to report traffic alerts such as non-operational traffic lights, dangerous road conditions etc., or who have any driving complaints are asked to contact the Guelph Police Service non-emergency phone number: 519-824-1212 extension 0.