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Road safety in the summer


Police are reminding motorists to remain diligent during the summer months
Police are reminding motorists to remain diligent during the summer months

Staff writers

June 18, 2012 — The Toronto Police Service is reminding motorists to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists during the summer months.

Sargeant Jack West is urging motorists to obey traffic rules
Sargeant Jack West is urging motorists to obey traffic rules

Despite the clear conditions and sunny skies that are synonymous with summer, the road can be a dangerous place during the warmer months.

A study conducted by Statistics Canada on motor vehicle accidents between 2000 and 2004 concluded that car accident fatalities spike in the summer.

That's because people tend to be more cautious on the road during the winter months, says Sargeant Jack West of the Toronto Police.

"People let their guard down. They're enjoying the weather, they're enjoying their favourite song on the radio and they're not paying as close attention to what's happening around them," he says of summer drivers.

On Monday morning, Toronto officers took to the streets to kick off their Cooperative Driving Campaign.

"Everybody has to cooperate," West says.

"Remember, as a car driver, there are pedestrians out there and you share the road with cyclists. Make absolutely sure you check your blind spot."

ROAD SAFETY TIPS 

  • Motorists are being reminded to check mirrors and blind spots when turning.
  • Be cautious when opening car doors into traffic to avoid contact with a cyclist.
  • Cyclists are being reminded to obey all traffic laws and have their bicycle fitted with all requisite safety equipment.
  • Pedestrians are being reminded to look both ways before crossing the street and to avoid sending text messages while walking.

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