For the last month or so, motorists on the Burin Peninsula and across the province have had to be vigilant, especially early in the morning and late in the evening.
That’s when moose have been wandering in great numbers, and the result in some instances has been accidents. Once you hit a bull moose, going at any speed on the highway, the outcome is usually a dead animal or one that has to be destroyed, and a vehicle heavily damaged and even written off.
In some unfortunate cases, there have been human injuries and it’s not out of the realm of possibility to have a death.
Now, this week, motorists will have to be even more cautious and alert.
Students are finishing up their school year and with summer here (it officially arrived Sunday) they tend to throw caution to the wind.
The last thing on young people’s minds is a vehicle, and whether drivers are aware they’re nearby or whether they can be seen. When a child is at play, the word ‘safety’ takes a back seat.
This is where motorists and parents need to be more alert about a child’s activities.
Drivers have to be extra observant when in a residential area in particular, and slow down.
Parents have to speak with their children and remind them about the dangers, which exist when around vehicles. If parents allow their children to adopt a care free attitude for the summer, then they’re tempting fate. And there’s a result, which a mom and a dad could regret for the rest of their lives.
Because school comes to an end for two months, it shouldn’t mean safety takes a hiatus for the same period.
Also walk on the side of the road facing oncoming traffic, and never more than two abreast.
Summer safety is not only looking out for vehicles, but for being cautious on or near the water by obeying boating and swimming rules, and riding bicycles in a safe manner.
Safety can be a simple exercise but its impact can have a life long effect.
Be safe and be happy. Don’t give accidents a chance to change your future in a negative or tragic way.