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Peel Police – National Road Safety Week May 15-21 

Region of Peel The reduction of fatal collisions and serious injury collisions continues to be a high priority for Peel Regional Police.  As the milder weather continues throughout the Spring season there will be an increase in the number of outdoor activities for cyclists and pedestrians.

Members of the public, drivers and pedestrians alike, are reminded that road safety is a shared responsibility. Drivers are being asked to give their full attention to driving safely and to obeying the rules of the road. Pedestrians are among the most vulnerable of road users. Pedestrians are reminded that they play the biggest role in ensuring their own safety; they need to be fully aware, at all times, of their own actions and the movement of vehicles in their vicinity. It is imperative that cyclists, pedestrians and motorists alike be extra vigilant around school zones, intersections, crosswalks and public transit stops.

 To assist drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, Peel Regional Police would like to offer some safety tips: 

Drivers

  • Obey the rules of the road including all traffic signs and signals.
  • Avoid any handheld electronic devices while driving.
  • Avoid other distractions and give driving your full attention.
  • Double check blind spots before changing lanes.
  • Drive within the posted speed limits and adjust accordingly to the weather and traffic conditions.
  • Apply extra care when entering and changing directions at an intersection.
  • Pay extra attention to pedestrians.
  • Keep your vehicle in good condition, with proper tires inflated at the correct pressure.
  • Make sure your brakes are in good working order and ensure your windshield is clean and free from obstructions. 

Pedestrians

  • Pedestrian safety is in your hands.  Be alert at all times to your surroundings.
  • Don’t rely on traffic signals or stop signs.  Ensure that it is safe to cross the road before crossing.
  • Walk on sidewalks whenever possible.
  • Whenever possible use a crosswalk to cross the street.  Avoid “jaywalking” or crossing the street between vehicles.  
  • Parents – ensure that you are aware of your children’s location and activity at all times.  Do not allow young children to play near roadways, unsupervised. 
  • After dark, drivers cannot see people in dark clothing until it’s too late. Wear bright clothing, something reflective or carry a lit flash light so drivers will see you.

 Cyclists

  • Obey the rules of the road including all traffic signs and signals.
  • Make your presence known. Wear bright or reflective colour clothing. At night or in inclement weather, it is important to use reflective lights in the front, side and rear that make you visible from all directions.
  • Do not run stop signs or red lights or use the wrong side of the street. It is best and safest to ride single file.
  • Make eye contact with drivers whenever possible. This ensures that the motorists see you and helps you assert your rightful place on the road.
  • Make sure you are always aware of your surroundings. Know what is behind you and watch out for what is in front of you.
  • Clearly communicate your intentions by using hand signals.
  • Make sure your brakes are always in top-notch condition. Be aware of how weather and road conditions can affect your ability to brake. 

Peel Regional Police are urging all road users to be extra vigilant. Keep in mind that just because you have the right of way does not mean it is safe to utilize it. Peel Regional Police want all road users to have a safe enjoyable year. 

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