Alberta RCMP is starting off 2022 with tips and tricks to navigate winter intersection safety.
Officials say these busy, high-traffic areas require all road users to exercise caution and practice smart driving behaviors. All unsafe left turns, speeding, and disobaying traffic signals can result in intersection collisions.
RCMP has given tips below for drivers and pedestrians to avoid these common errors and reduce safety risks.
- Obey traffic signs and signals. Make a full stop at red lights and stop signs, even when turning right. Always follow directions given by police officers over traffic signs or signals (Government of Alberta, 2021).
- Yield to pedestrians at all marked or unmarked crosswalks. Before making a turn, ensure pedestrians have cleared the crosswalk.
- Remember the right of way rule. At a three and four-way stops, the vehicle that arrived first should proceed first. If two vehicles arrive at the same time, the vehicle on the right should proceed first (Government of Alberta, 2021).
- Use crosswalks and pedestrian-activated signals. If there are no crossing lights, wait until all vehicles have come to a complete stop before crossing (Government of Alberta, 2021).
- Stay alert. Remove headphones and put away cell phones or other electronic devices when crossing the street.
- Be seen. Make eye contact with drivers to ensure they see you. Extending your arm and pointing in the direction you wish to proceed shows drivers that you intend to enter a crosswalk. Wearing bright, reflective gear also helps motorists easily spot you in traffic.
Supt. Gary Graham, Alberta RCMP Traffic Services is hopeful that we can reduce the risk of injury or collision by being familiar with, and following, the rules of the road.
“According to the Government of Alberta, an average of 8,000 people are injured at intersections in Alberta every year. With various road users all traveling in different directions, these points of traffic require extra caution and attention.”