RED SERGE: Summer a time to be more cautious on roads

West Shore RCMP offer reminders about dealing with the quirks of summer

With the rise in tempera-ture giving us ample opportunities to celebrate the rites of summer, drivers need to remember there are more kids out and about.

Take the time to slow down and pay more attention to the possibility that a child may inadvertently chase a wayward ball from the lawn or the park – without taking the time to look both ways – pretty well any time from dawn to dusk and beyond. School zones should still be approached with caution as well, because school playgrounds are often still in full swing.

The increased sunshine can also cause visibility problems, so be prepared and on the lookout, wherever you’re driving.

West Shore RCMP is taking steps to ensure everyone enjoys a safe and accident-free summer, said Const. Joanne Harrisson of the detachment’s Community Policing Section.

“We are increasing our bike patrols and visibility in an effort to remind motorists that the good weather means there’s more kids on and around the roads at this time of the year,” Harrisson said. “We will also be educating children and adults on the importance of wearing helmets and reminding cyclists that they must obey the rules of the road as well. Education and enforcement go hand in hand in promoting safety.”

Harrisson said outdoor swimming pools, lakes and rivers pose different safety concerns that can result in tragic consequences. She reminds parents to never leave children, even those who are good swimmers, unattended.

“Let’s all work together to make this summer safe and enjoyable.”

– By Rick Stiebel