South-West High­way and Traf­fic Safety: In­ter­sec­tion safety en­force­ment

Southwest Booster - - NEWS - CPL. MIKE BACQUE

RCMP reg­u­larly en­force traf­fic safety laws per­tain­ing to in­ter­sec­tions as th­ese are known to be ar­eas where col­li­sions oc­cur.

In Saskatchewan, 40 per cent of col­li­sions oc­cur at in­ter­sec­tions re­sult­ing in 4,000 in­juries and 37 fa­tal­i­ties. Driver inat­ten­tion, fail­ing to yield right-of-way, and dis­re­gard­ing traf­fic con­trol sig­nals rank among the top causal fac­tors when col­li­sions oc­cur. (Source: SGI)

Driv­ing of­fences re­lated to in­ter­sec­tions typ­i­cally have fines of $230. Slow down as you come to in­ter­sec­tions and look care­fully for traf­fic, yield signs, stop signs, traf­fic lights, cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans. There are two main types of in­ter­sec­tions: con­trolled and un­con­trolled. Con­trolled In­ter­sec­tions Con­trolled in­ter­sec­tions have traf­fic lights, yield signs or stop signs to con­trol traf­fic. At a con­trolled in­ter­sec- tion where you face a green light, drive care­fully through the in­ter­sec­tion at a steady speed. If the light has been green for a while, be pre­pared to stop when it turns am­ber. How­ever, if you are al­ready so close that you can­not stop safely, drive through the in­ter­sec­tion with cau­tion. Where you face a red light, come to a com­plete stop and wait un­til the light turns green. A right turn can­not be legally made on a red light un­til af­ter a com­plete stop has been made and where pro­hib­ited by a sign.

At a con­trolled in­ter­sec­tion where you face a yield sign, slow down or stop if nec­es­sary and wait un­til the way is clear be­fore driv­ing through the in­ter­sec­tion. A yield sign means you must slow down or stop if nec­es­sary and yield the right-ofway to traf­fic in the in­ter­sec­tion or on the in­ter­sect­ing road. At a con­trolled in­ter­sec­tion where you face a stop sign, come to a com­plete stop. Pro­vide the right- of-way to the first ve­hi­cle to come to a com­plete stop. If two ve­hi­cles stop at the same time, the ve­hi­cle on the left must yield to the ve­hi­cle on the right. Drive through the in­ter­sec­tion only when the way is clear. When en­ter­ing a road from a pri­vate road or drive­way, you must yield to ve­hi­cles on the road and pedes­tri­ans on the side­walk. Un­con­trolled In­ter­sec­tions Un­con­trolled in­ter­sec­tions have no signs or traf­fic lights. They are usu­ally found in ar­eas where there is not much traf­fic. Be ex­tra care­ful around th­ese in­ter­sec­tions. If two ve­hi­cles come to an un­con­trolled in­ter­sec­tion from dif­fer­ent roads at the same time, the driver on the left must let the driver on the right go first. This is called yield­ing the right-of-way. (Source: Driv­ingSchool.ca) Pedes­tri­ans When ap­proach­ing an in­ter­sec­tion, you must yield the right of way to any pedes­tri­ans who are cross­ing the street. You must stop your ve­hi­cle be­fore the cross­walk, which will ei­ther be painted on the road or be an imag­i­nary ex­ten­sion of the side­walk. If a traf­fic light changes while a pedes­trian is in the cross­walk, the pedes­trian has the right of way. You must stop your ve­hi­cle when di­rected to do so by a school cross­ing guard con­trol­ling a cross­walk. You may not pass any ve­hi­cle that is stopped at an in­ter­sec­tion to per­mit pedes­tri­ans to cross.

As a pedes­trian, you must not at­tempt to cross at an in­ter­sec­tion un­less you have given mo­torists a chance to stop. Pedes­tri­ans walk­ing along a road should walk on the left shoul­der, fac­ing on­com­ing traf­fic. Note: Pedes­tri­ans also in­clude per­sons in wheel­chairs, mo­tor­ized wheel­chairs and med­i­cal scoot­ers. (Source: SGI) Be pre­pared for the un­ex­pected and share the road safely.

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