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Safety Tips

Preventing crime and maintaining safe communities is everyone's responsibility. By practising the following personal and property safety tips, you can help reduce the incidents of crime and keep your community safe.


Pedestrian Crossings

How the pedestrian signal button works:
  1. The traffic signal will remain timed for cars unless the pedestrian button is pushed.
  2. Push the button to be given adequate time to cross the road.
  3. A flashing hand indicates that it is too late to start walking through the intersection.
  4. If you have already started to cross the road when the flashing hand appears, continue to cross.

    Safety tips for pedestrians:

    1. Do not cross between parked cars. Cross at marked crosswalks or traffic lights
    2. Before you cross make eye contact with drivers
    3. Walk on the inside of the sidewalk, or if there are no sidewalks, walk as far away from the travelled portion of the road as possible
    4. Watch for traffic turning at intersections or entering and leaving driveways
    5. Cross only when traffic has come to a complete stop at an intersection
    6. Wear bright or light-coloured clothing or reflective strips when walking in dusk or darkness
    7. Pedestrians must understand that in many types of environmental conditions they are almost invisible to motorists
    8. At traffic lights, cross at the beginning of a green light. Do not cross once the “Don’t Walk” signal begins to flash or once the light has turned to yellow. Never cross on a red light
    9. Wearing headphones or talking on a cell phone reduces pedestrian awareness
    10. Where there are no curbs, stop before the sidewalk meets the road and be alert to vehicles
    11. Always cross where the traffic control device is such as, a stop sign or lights
    12. Be extra cautious when walking at night, motorists have difficulty seeing pedestrians