Friday, June 21, 2019
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Email: [email protected]
Dighton Police and Fire Departments Offer Summer Road Safety Tips
DIGHTON – As summer begins and with school now out of session, Police Chief Robert MacDonald and Fire Chief Christopher Maguy would like to remind drivers to share the road and remain attentive while driving.
As people enjoy their summer activities, more bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians will be outside. In addition, with many schools out for the summer, kids are playing outside and near the roadways.
“Driving, biking, and walking attentively and following the rules of the road is everyone’s responsibility,” Police Chief MacDonald said. “The common courtesy of sharing the road helps everyone get where they are going, safely.”
To prevent accidents and injuries, the Dighton Police and Fire Departments recommend the following safety tips:
Driving Safety Tips:
- Watch for pedestrians everywhere, at all times of the day.
- Avoid distracted driving and never use your cell phone or mobile device while driving.
- Yield to bicyclists as you would to a motor vehicle. Do not underestimate their speed, especially when making a turn that crosses their path.
- Be cautious at parking lots, stop signs, when backing up and when parking. Watch for other vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists at these times.
- Be cautious at night and during inclement weather when visibility may be poor.
- Be cautious at crosswalks. Slow down and prepare to stop when turning or nearing a crosswalk. Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Stop a safe distance away from the crosswalk to give other vehicles ample time to see the pedestrians that are crossing so that they can also stop. Do not pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk.
- Follow slower speed limits in neighborhoods with signage that children are present.
- Drivers turning right on red need to look to the right and behind to avoid hitting a bicyclist that may be approaching from the right rear. Stop completely, look left-right-left and behind, and then turn right on red.
- Give cyclists extra space. Do not pass them too closely.
- Bicycles and motorcycles can be difficult to spot because of their smaller profiles and because drivers are conditioned to look for other cars, not cyclists.
- Remember that motorcyclists have the same privileges as other drivers. Be sure to give riders a full lane of travel, and always keep a close watch for motorcyclists — especially at intersections and on highways. Sport utility vehicles, delivery vans, and large trucks may block motorcyclists from your view.
- Anticipate a motorcyclist’s maneuvers. A piece of road debris that poses no threat to a car may be deadly for a motorcyclist. Predict evasive moves a motorcyclist might take by always being aware of your surroundings. Also, don’t follow motorcycles too closely. Allow enough room for the motorcyclist to take evasive actions.
- Drivers must always be aware of their surroundings. Remember: Check twice, save a life.
“In addition to drivers sharing the road and being vigilant, we also advise pedestrians to be safe when out and about around town,” Fire Chief Maguy said. “Always look both ways before crossing the street, use crosswalks whenever you can and please make sure your headphones and earbuds are not so loud that you can’t hear what is going on around you.”
Motorcycle and Bicycle Safety:
Motorcyclists and bicyclists are also reminded to take safety precautions. These include:
- Making your presence known to drivers by wearing an appropriate helmet and contrasting clothing or reflective gear
- Avoiding riding in a driver’s blind spot
- Being cautious of cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in a parking lot
- Using proper turn signals
- Always following the rules of the road.
As always, the Dighton Police and Fire Departments hope everyone has a safe, healthy and happy summertime!