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May 16 - 22 is National Road Safety Week in Canada, and it's a great time to reflect as a community on road safety, especially in high-traffic areas for children. The national campaign is aimed at raising awareness and education across Canada on the importance of safe driving.

 

The focus will be on behaviours that put drivers, passengers, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users most at risk. These are impaired driving, occupant restraint use and all aspects related to aggressive and distracted driving. [CTV News]

 

Here are some safety tips for both motorists and pedestrians:

 

  • It is the law to stop for all pedestrians at crosswalks
  • Ensure your windshield and headlights are clean for visibility
  • It's the law not to pass vehicles at crosswalks
  • Don't park within five metres of a marked crosswalk or intersection 
  • Never pass vehicles at a crosswalk
  • As a pedestrian, never jaywalk between intersections or go against the walking signals
  • Always be on the lookout for pedestrians when driving
  • Be courteous as a pedestrian and motorist
  • Reduce your speed when driving, and pay attention to marked signs in playground or school zones

Over the last three decades, the rate of fatalities among vehicle occupants has been dropping steadily, but much less progress has been made in the protection of “vulnerable road users” -- pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. In 2012, the latest year for which statistics are available, vulnerable road users accounted for more than one in four of the 2,077 fatalities recorded on Canadian roads. [Canadian Safety Council]

 

For more tips throughout the week, you can follow the City of Calgary transportation unit on Twitter, or follow CTN Calgary on Twitter which updates on traffic issues and closures daily. 

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