**** HRM Media Release
As classes resume in the Halifax region, all residents are reminded of the importance of road safety — and the shared responsibility for everyone, whether you’re walking, driving, rolling or cycling. halifax.ca/roadsafety
– Crosswalks exist on all legs of an intersection, whether marked or unmarked
– Slow down and scan the street and sidewalk when approaching crosswalks and intersections.
– Whether you’re walking, driving, rolling or cycling avoid all distractions when entering a crosswalk. Ensure you are seen, and your intentions understood.
– It’s the law to use the overhead flashing light at crosswalks. Make sure to press the button where it is available.
– Remember that you cannot stop or park a vehicle within five metres of a crosswalk.
– Drivers must yield to pedestrians waiting to cross or when they’re already in a crosswalk.
– Turning vehicles at signalized intersections must yield to pedestrians crossing on the walk signal.
SAFE PRACTICES ON THE ROAD
– Obey the speed limit.
– Whether you’re driving, walking, rolling or cycling, avoid all distractions while travelling. Distractions put all road users at risk.
– You must stop whenever you approach a stopped school bus with its upper alternating red lights flashing, regardless of whether you are behind the bus or approaching it from the front.
– Be prepared to stop for a school bus at any time, not just within school hours.
– Reduce your speed when entering a school zone. Follow the school zone speed limit anytime children are present, not just during school hours.