The Alberta RCMP is focusing on intersection safety this January, working to make roads and highways safe in 2023.
Unsafe left turns, speed, and distractions can all risk intersection safety, resulting in collisions or serious injury.
Tip for drivers:
· Obey traffic signs and signals, ensuring you come to a full-stop at red lights and stop signs.
· Yield to pedestrians at all marked or unmarked crosswalks. Before making a turn, ensure crosswalks are clear.
· Remember the right of way rule at a three and four-way stops. The vehicle to arrive first proceeds first.
· Drive defensively. Just because you are practicing safe driving behaviours doesn’t mean others are.
Tips for pedestrians:
· Use crosswalks and pedestrian-activated signals. Always wait until all vehicles have come to a complete stop before crossing.
· Stay alert. Keep your head up, remove headphones, and put away cell phones or other electronic devices when in traffic.
· Be seen. Make eye contact with drivers to ensure they see you. Wearing bright, reflective gear also helps stay visible in traffic.
“When motorists, pedestrian, cyclists and other road users all come to a single point in traffic, the risk of error and collision increases significantly,” says Insp. Chris Romanchych, Alberta RCMP Traffic. “Giving intersections the attention and caution they demand is crucial. Let’s start the new year off right and prioritize intersection safety.”
For more traffic safety tips and information, follow the RCMP on Facebook @RCMPinAlberta and Twitter @RCMPAlberta.