FEBRUARY ROAD SAFETY THEME: Pedestrian Safety in Winter

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The North Grenville Road Safety Committee is reminding all road users that everyone has a role to play when it comes to staying safe on our roads. During the winter months when there is less daylight, drivers are reminded to be aware of pedestrians, particularly on the rural roads.

Walking on country roads – especially during winter – can cause increased hazards for pedestrians. There is less daylight, often making pedestrians less visible. As most rural roads do not have sidewalks, pedestrians may be required to walk along the shoulder. After a heavy snowfall, the snowbanks may not be plowed all the way back, pushing foot traffic closer to the road.

Pedestrians should be visible and wear bright colours and/or reflective strips, and pets should have a bright light on their collar. Pedestrians should always walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.

Drivers are asked to share the road with all users, including pedestrians, snowmobiles and even the odd bike during the winter months. Be courteous, slow down and only pass other road users when there is no oncoming traffic. Slow down when the roads are less visible, especially at night or during inclement weather.

All road users should be aware of their surroundings and be mindful of other users. Safety is a shared responsibility.

The Road Safety public awareness campaign aims to promote safe driving behaviours and make roads in North Grenville safer for all users.

The North Grenville Road Safety Campaign Committee is comprised of the Municipality of North Grenville, the North Grenville Police Services Board, the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, the Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police, and the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.

For more details on the campaign visit the webpage at: www.northgrenville.ca/roadsafety.

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