Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Be visible! Snow Piles Dangerous for Pedestrians and Drivers

Snow piles can make navigating streets and intersections dangerous for pedestrians and drivers. This was highlighted last night when MCFRS personnel responded to a call for a pedestrian struck by a snow plow on Georgia Ave. The pedestrian sustained injuries though, fortunately, not life threatening.

Drivers should take extra care when turning corners with snow piles that may limit visibility. As well, and highlighted in some of the photos below, drivers should take care approaching intersections and attempting turns as the piles of snow can all but eliminate visibility.

Post blizzard conditions can mean increased risk for pedestrians. Hats, hoods, earmuffs and scarves can interfere with the ability to see and hear traffic. Make sure your peripheral vision is clear and pay attention.
Do not be distracted by cell phones. Pedestrians should wear brightly colored clothing so drivers can see you, especially in times of poor visibility, and use reflective clothing or stickers for maximum visibility.

While many sidewalks are still not cleared, we ask all pedestrians to do their best to stay off plowed roadways.

Be SAFE out there!

picture of snow piles
picture of snow at intersection

pic of snow in front of home

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