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 and pedestrians are urged to be extra careful, 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. 

“Even during daylight, pedestrians may be difficult to see, especially on rural roads when they may be unexpected,” highlighted Mayor Nancy Peckford. “Wear bright colours and/or reflective strips to catch the attention of drivers,” added Mayor Peckford.

“As most rural roads do not have sidewalks, pedestrians may be required to walk along the shoulder. Be sure to always walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic,” emphasized Deputy Mayor John Barclay and Chair of the Police Services Board.

Being a rural pedestrian requires extra attention when walking on the roads. Don’t use headphones or text when walking. Stay alert and watch for oncoming 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.

Led by the North Grenville Police Services Board, the Road Safety public awareness campaign aims to promote safe driving behaviours and make roads in North Grenville safer for all users.

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