Intersection safety: when in doubt, yield

**** RCMP Media Release

Intersection safety: when in doubt, yield

Nova Scotia RCMP is sharing a simple tip with motorists that could significantly increase their safety at intersections: when in doubt, yield.

Intersections can be busy, stressful places. With so much going on, it can be tempting to speed through a left turn rather than yielding to oncoming traffic, but doing so puts everyone at risk. Between April and August 2019, Nova Scotia RCMP investigated 11 serious injury collisions and two fatal collisions that occurred at intersections. These collisions are preventable and can be reduced by safely yielding.

“Pay attention and don’t speed into oncoming traffic to rush a left turn” says Cpl. Lisa Croteau of Nova Scotia RCMP, “we want everyone to make it home safe at the end of the day.”

It is also important to watch for motorcycles, which can be difficult to spot due to their comparatively small size.

Nova Scotia RCMP would like to remind motorists that Failure to Yield could result in a fine of $ 180 for a first offence and 2 points on your license. Police would also like to thank the many motorists who prioritize safety by yielding to oncoming traffic every day.

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