With January being Intersection Safety Month, Strathcona County RCMP have safety tips for drivers and pedestrians.
Police described intersections as natural points of conflict in both urban and rural areas.
“Taking precautions behind the wheel is important and useful in avoiding a collision at an intersection,” said Constable Chantelle Kelly of the Strathcona County RCMP. “Plan your trip to avoid rushing and leave early for your destination.”
Most collisions at intersections are caused by driver error. For example, making a left turn and crossing the path of an on-coming vehicle, which is a stop sign violation and disobeying a traffic signal.
In Alberta, roughly 64 people are killed and 8,044 people are injured every year at intersections.
Tips for drivers:
- Do not run red lights
- Do not roll through a stop sign
- Do not speed through intersections
- Do not follow too close
- Do not make unsafe left turns
- Do not rely on having the right of way
Tips for pedestrians:
- At intersections, be alert and look out for possible dangers when crossing the road
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing
- Obey traffic signs and signals