Everyone is asked to report dangerous driving
With the state of emergency set to be lifted in St. John’s Saturday morning, roads might be busy.
But with higher-than-normal snowbanks, the commute will likely be more dangerous than usual.
RNC spokesman Cst. James Cadigan offers the following safety tips to keep in mind when you hit the road.
Safety tips for motorists
1. Avoid snowclearing operations as much as possible.
“Let’s consider that snow removal operations are still going to be very much ongoing, even through the weekend. A lot of great work has been done, and we need to really respect the fact that the municipalities are continuing to work hard.”
2. Use main roads as much as possible.
“We know that, of course, the side streets would be the most difficult areas for snowclearing operations.”
3. Be patient.
“We’re going to need to be patient and understanding. So, if you’re hitting the roads this weekend, be prepared to be patient, and our municipalities are working really hard to open up these roads and make the community more accessible to road users for getting around, so patience is going to be key.”
“To keep a minimal amount of vehicles on the road.”
5. Slow down and be vigilant when you’re travelling.
“As you can imagine, there’s lower visibility with the high stacks of snow. There will be pedestrians, so you have to be very vigilant, drive slowly and pay attention.”
Safety tips for pedestrians
1. Wear bright or reflective clothing.
“Keep in mind that you want to be as visible as possible. With the amount of snow that’s out there, visibility is an issue.”
2. Walk facing oncoming traffic.
3. Do not cross the road until motorists have stopped and acknowledged you.
“You want to make sure because, as we mentioned, visibility is an issue out there, so you want to make sure that motorists and pedestrians are communicating in that sense.”
4. Avoid snowclearing operations as much as possible.
5. Report dangerous driving.
“We’re going to ask all motorists and pedestrians to report incidents of dangerous driving.”
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