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Road safety a priority after eight pedestrians, kid on bike hit in last week: Ottawa police

Inspector Marc-André Sheehy says visibility becomes worse for roads users the later we get into fall, so he's issuing a reminder to all road users.
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Ottawa Police Service vehicle, February 28, 2018. (Photo/ Mike Vlasveld)

The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) says it's keeping a closer eye on speeders, especially near downtown intersections, after eight pedestrians and a child riding a bike were hit by vehicles in the last week.

Officers are issuing a reminder to commuters, to adjust their behaviour when it comes to seeing and being seen on the road.  

"In summer, you have high-visibility in early morning until mid-evening," says Inspector Marc-André Sheehy, head of the OPS traffic unit. "That’s not the case in the fall and winter, so you need to take extra steps for your safety and follow the rules of the road." 

Insp. Sheehy is offering safety advice for anyone commuting in the early morning, at dusk or in darkness: 

  • If you are walking or riding, make sure other road users can see you. That means wearing bright, reflective clothing and/or using lights that make you more visible.
  • Pedestrians, walk facing traffic, cross at intersections and be aware of your surroundings. Keep device use to a minimum so you are not distracted.
  • Bikes are considered vehicles and must follow the same rules. If you are using the crosswalk, walk your bike. Don’t ride on the sidewalk where it’s difficult for drivers to see you.
  • Drivers, share the road with bicycles and double-check for pedestrians when you are entering intersections to ensure someone isn’t in your blind spot. 

"However you commute, make your safety and that of other road users your priority," says Insp. Sheehy. 

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