SGI and police focusing on vulnerable road users in April
April 1, 2015
Sharing - it’s a concept most of us learned in Kindergarten, if not before. Sharing toys, sharing snacks, sharing germs. Well, that same concept applies to the road.
Pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles and vehicles all share the road. And now that spring has arrived, these vulnerable road users are out and about, and that means it’s time for everyone to be on the lookout and drive, ride and walk with care.
“Pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists are called vulnerable road users because they are just that - vulnerable,” said Andrew Cartmell, President and CEO of SGI. “Compared to a car, they have little or no protection if they’re involved in a crash. That makes them more likely to be hurt or even killed, and that’s why it’s so important to be aware of them now that the weather is warming up and they are more prevalent on our roads.”
In 2013 in Saskatchewan, 14 pedestrians, six motorcyclists and two bicyclists were killed in collisions, and 678 more were injured.
As vulnerable road users is the traffic safety spotlight for April, police across the province will also be paying extra attention, watching for:
- pedestrians jaywalking
- bicyclists not following the rules of the road
- motorcyclists not wearing the proper gear
- vehicles not yielding to pedestrians, making unsafe lane changes around motorcycles, and driving without due care and attention around bicycles and motorcycles
“As a driver, scan the road ahead for pedestrians, look twice before turning, and keep a safe following distance between your vehicle and any bicycles or motorcycles in front of you,” said Cartmell. “As a pedestrian, bicyclist or motorcyclist, one of the most important things you can do is to be visible. Wear bright or reflective clothing so other road users can see you.”
Other safety tips for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists include:
- Pedestrians - always cross at marked crosswalks and obey walk/don’t walk signals, and try to make eye contact with a driver before stepping out into traffic to be sure they see you
- Bicyclists - since bicycles are considered a vehicle just like any car or truck, be sure to follow the rules of the road, obey all traffic signs and signals, and always wear a helmet
- Motorcyclists - wear safety gear every time you ride, and consider taking a motorcycle training course to brush up on your skills; if you’re a new rider, be aware that there are specific laws and requirements that apply to you
Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is the province's self-sustaining auto insurance fund. SGI operates 21 claims centres and five salvage centres across Saskatchewan with a head office in Regina. SGI also works with a network of nearly 400 motor licence issuers across the province. Customers can now do some transactions online. Look for the MySGI link under Online Services on your motor licence issuer's website or SGI's website.