Be Alert, Be Seen!
It’s a short but powerful message being issued by York Regional Police (YRP), York Region, the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and Public Health following the end of daylight savings time.
YRP held a safety event on November 6 in Aurora to promote the MTO pedestrian safety campaign, which encourages pedestrians and drivers to pay extra attention on the roads as the days get shorter and visibility lessens at dusk and in the dark.
Drivers are encouraged to not drive distracted, to make sure their headlights are turned on and in good working order, and to drive defensively and courteously. They’re also advised to give themselves extra time to arrive at their destination, to turn their car radio down, to save snack time for home or office, and to wear their seat belt.
Police encourage pedestrians to wear bright or light-coloured clothing with reflective strips when walking in dusk or darkness, to walk on sidewalks and cross at crosswalks when possible, to remove distractions such as headphones or ear buds, and to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the road.