When daylight saving time ended on Sunday, November 4, darker commuting hours began to affect visibility on roadways. That’s why The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department – Traffic Operations Division is reminding drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to be vigilant and safe on the road as darkness comes earlier.
“At this time of year, the hours in which many of us are getting to and from school and work are getting darker,” says Susan Siopis, Commissioner of Works for the Region of Durham. “It is up to everyone—drivers, pedestrians and cyclists—to stay safe on the road. Be aware of those you share the road with, and make sure everyone gets home safely.”
Pedestrians are encouraged to always cross at an intersection where there is a traffic control device, such as a signal or stop sign, and to wear bright colours and retro-reflective clothing after dark.
Drivers should turn on headlamps and taillights at least 30 minutes before sunset. Pay special attention to crosswalks and the sidewalks leading to the intersection at all times. Drivers must stop and yield the whole roadway at pedestrian crossovers, school crossings and other crossing locations where a crossing guard is present.