Region of Durham reminds everyone to be safe on the road as Daylight Saving Time ends

Whitby, Ontario – When Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 3, darker commuting hours will affect visibility on roadways. That’s why the Region of Durham is reminding drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to be vigilant and safe on the road as darkness comes earlier.

“As we get deeper into the autumn season, the hours in which many Durham residents are getting to and from school and work are getting darker,” says Susan Siopis, Commissioner of Works for the Region of Durham. “Our collision data shows that the highest number of pedestrian and cyclist-involved collisions take place between October and December. It is up to everyone—drivers, pedestrians and cyclists—to stay safe on the road. Be aware of those you share the road with to make sure everyone gets home safely.”

Throughout the month of November, Durham Region’s Traffic Safety staff have teamed up with Durham Regional Police and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to promote pedestrian safety.

Durham Region is also offering the following tips to roadway users to improve safety.

For drivers:

  • Pay special attention to crosswalks and the sidewalks leading to the intersection when you approach, even if you have a green light.
  • Reduce your speed. According to Parachute Canada, a pedestrian struck by a car travelling at 50 kilometres per hour is at least five times more likely to be killed than a pedestrian struck at 30 kilometres per hour.
  • Ensure your full headlight system is turned on.
  • Double-check for pedestrians and cyclists when turning left or right.

For pedestrians:

  • Always cross at an intersection where there is a traffic control device, such as a traffic control signal, stop sign or pedestrian crossover.
  • Be sure that drivers see you by making eye contact with motorists before attempting to cross a road, and by wearing brightly-coloured and/or reflective clothing.
  • Do not wear headphones or use your phone or other devices when crossing the road.
  • Be careful, wait to cross until traffic has come to a complete stop.

For cyclists:

  • Obey all traffic laws and responsibilities as a driver.
  • Turn on headlamps and taillights at least 30 minutes before sunset.
  • Be visible by ensuring you have reflective gear and clothing.
  • Be alert and do not wear headphones when riding.

Durham Vision Zero is a long-term plan to ensure a safe transportation system that sees no lives lost or serious injuries on Durham’s roadways. Learn more at durham.ca/VisionZero.