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Don’t let the shorter daylight hours leave you in the dark



York Region and YRP remind travellers to be alert and visible as daylight hours get shorter

Newmarket – Members of the media are invited to join The Regional Municipality of York and York Regional Police (YRP) at a road safety event reminding drivers, pedestrians and cyclists the importance of being alert and visible as standard time returns on Sunday, November 3, 2019.

Annually, the month of November has the highest number of pedestrian-involved collisions, likely due to less number of daylight hours.

When:

Wednesday, November 6, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Where:

Intersection of McCowan Road and Highway 7, City of Markham

Who:

YRP will be conducting radar surveillance and joining York Region staff to remind motorists about the importance of being alert and watching for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as speaking to pedestrians and cyclists of the importance of being visible as daylight fades and it becomes dark.

Person walking across be visible, be seen pavement sign

To increase road safety, motorists should:

  • Avoid distractions and be aware of pedestrians and cyclists
  • Drive according to conditions
  • Ensure windshield wiper fluid is full and wipers are functioning properly
  • Make sure headlights are on when daylight is fading and it is dark

To increase safety, pedestrians should:

  • Avoid wearing dark clothing at night
  • Wear bright or light-coloured clothing or reflective strips and walk with a flashlight to be more visible to motorists
  • Cross streets at designated crosswalks or intersections
  • Avoid distractions and make eye contact with drivers when crossing the street

To increase safety, cyclists should:

  • Have a white light at the front of their bicycle and a flashing red LED rear light
  • Wear light coloured clothing
  • Wear a safety vest or jacket with reflective material
  • Wear a strobe light on your arm

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 52,000 businesses with 636,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at york.ca/regionalservices


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Media Contact:
Tamara Ostrowski, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675 ext. 71226 or Cell: 905-251-6412
tamara.ostrowski@york.ca


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