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In the Dark

While the majority of Provinces observe daylight savings time by “falling back” and “springing forward” every year, Saskatchewan does not. However, we still spend a fair chunk of the year moving around in darkness. During this time, many of us go to work in the dark and come home in the dark.

As a result, we tend to navigate around in a half-awake stupor, a tad less alert for the morning commute. This makes the commute considerably more dangerous, not only as a driver, but also for pedestrians making their way to work and young ones on their way to school.

We know youngsters have a tendency to dart out from behind vehicles or rush through a cross-walk. The darkness means they are considerably less visible. Add in bad weather road conditions which increases stopping distances for drivers, and pedestrians wearing hoods or other clothing which impedes their ability to see, and you have a recipe for more incidents and injuries.

Here are 5 safe choices you can make to ensure the safety of yourself and others during the darker days and longer nights.

  • Fully wake up before leaving home – this goes for drivers and pedestrians of all ages.
  • If you are driving, slow down, be alert and watch for pedestrians.
  • If walking, wear highly visible bright coloured clothing or reflectors. In a vehicle’s headlights, a pedestrian wearing yellow will be spotted at twice the distance as one wearing blue. White is more visible than yellow but for obvious reasons, not a good idea in the snow.
  • Be extra cautious when crossing streets.
  • When possible (meaning there is a sidewalk available), walk facing oncoming traffic so that you can see a vehicle that may be driving erratically or sliding out of control.
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