Safety tips for motorcyclists, off-road vehicle users and pedestrians

Posted on July 13, 2015

Now that the beautiful summer weather has finally arrived, Nova Scotia RCMP would like to remind motorcyclists, off-road vehicle users, and cyclists that safety should always be paramount when taking to the streets and trails.

Individuals who operate all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), dirt bikes, street motorcycles and bicycles are at a greater risk for injury than motorists driving in cars or trucks.

“One false move in a car could result in a minor fender bender, but a wrong move on a motorcycle, ATV or bicycle could result in a serious injury or even death” says Nova Scotia RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Al LeBlanc. “This is why safety should always be top-of-mind for the users of these vehicles.”

The RCMP responded to over 60 serious incident and/or fatal motor vehicle collisions involving ATVs and dirt bikes on Nova Scotia roads in the last six years. These do not include accidents that occurred off-road on trails or private property. Of these 60 collisions, 25 were alcohol-related.

Therefore, when operating motorcycles, dirt bikes, ATVs, or bicycles, riders should:

• Ensure the vehicle is in proper working order.
• Always wear a helmet.
• Wear protective clothing, such as gloves, a jacket, long pants and boots.
• Always obey the rules of the road.
• Be aware of your surroundings at all times, especially when crossing roads and intersections.
• Never consume alcohol or drugs prior to riding.

Finally, here are some safety tips that pedestrians can use to avoid dangerous situations when sharing the road:

• Always walk on a side walk (if possible).
• Walk facing oncoming traffic
• Always cross the street in marked crosswalks and never jaywalk
• Make eye contact with motorists before leaving the curb crossing a street
• Avoid using a mobile phone or music device while walking in busy areas.
• Wear bright or reflective clothing, especially at nighttime.

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