Road Safety is a Shared Responsibility
BRAMPTON, ON (Nov. 1, 2017) – As the days get shorter, the Region of Peel is reminding both pedestrians and drivers to be careful on our roads.
With fewer daylight hours, visibility can be reduced at night, dawn, and dusk. Peel Regional Police statistics show that the number of pedestrians involved in a motor vehicle accident on regional roads nearly doubles in November and December, compared to the average for the rest of the year.
“Considering these statistics, it’s important that we are more aware of our surroundings and avoid distractions when walking and driving”, says Joe Avsec, Traffic Engineering Manager at the Region of Peel. “As daylight hours decrease and winter weather approaches, it’s our responsibility to act safely on the roadways to help reduce the number of pedestrian and motor vehicle accidents.
A few simple steps make it easy to stay safe when walking and driving:
- Cross only when you have the right of way. Even when it is your turn to cross, wait for oncoming vehicles to stop before proceeding. Make eye contact with drivers to ensure they’ve seen you.
- Wear reflective clothing or flashing lights when walking at night, dawn and dusk.
- Avoid distractions like texting, cell phones and headphones when crossing the street.
- When turning left or right, remember to check for pedestrians in the crosswalks.
- Yield the right of way to pedestrians at:
- intersections with stop signs or traffic lights, and
- crossovers identified with “Stop for pedestrians” signs.
- Wait for pedestrians to cross the entire roadway at crossovers and school crossings.
Test your knowledge on pedestrian safety by taking our Quiz. The first 50 participants to complete the quiz will receive a free pedestrian light.
Road safety is a shared responsibility. Together we can help make our roads safer for everyone.
For more information, visit peelregion.ca/pedestriansafety #pedestriansafety
The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected community for life for more than 1.4 million people and approximately 143,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel’s services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter at @regionofpeel.