Nova Scotia RCMP is reminding drivers and pedestrians about intersection-safety this winter. Winter weather can seriously impact road conditions which can make it challenging to stop quickly.
It's important to stay focused and alert when approaching an intersection so that you can see what is around you and prevent a collision. Being aware of your surroundings, changing lights and road conditions, can help keep you and others safe. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Drivers should take extra care to scan for pedestrians when it's dark as it can be difficult to see;
- Window tint to the left and right of the driver is illegal as it reduces a driver's ability to see pedestrians at intersections and cross walks;
- Always drive to the road conditions. Leave lots of space between you and the car in front of you;
- Ensure that your vehicle is free of any obstructions, for example snow and ice;
- Make a full stop at red lights and stop signs, even when turning right, and yield to oncoming traffic when turning left;
- Use your signal when making turns. Ensure it is safe to turn left before doing so;
- Drivers must yield to pedestrians at intersections, even when there is no marked crosswalk;
- When pedestrians are crossing, wait until they are safely across before proceeding ahead;
- Drive defensively. Even if you have the right of way, be aware of your surroundings when proceeding through an intersection.
· Pedestrians and motorists should make eye contact before pedestrians cross in front of vehicles;
· Check traffic before crossing and only proceed when it is safe to do so;
· Always use crosswalks and pedestrian-activated signals when they are available;
· Wear reflective or brightly-coloured clothing if you're walking at night to be more visible;
· Don't be a distracted pedestrian. Remove headphones; put away cell phones, or other electronic devices when crossing the street.
"Drivers and pedestrians have a shared responsibility at intersections and cross walks for safety, if everyone pays attention, we can reduce serious injury or fatal collisions." says Sgt. Mike Carter, Unit Commander, RCMP Southwest Traffic Services.
Nova Scotia RCMP would also like to remind motorists to buckle up, it could save your life. Did you know that not wearing a seatbelt is one of the four causal factors of serious and fatal motor vehicle collisions in Nova Scotia?