Two RCMP Media Release: Be cautious at intersections this winter / RCMP reminding ATV enthusiasts to make safety a priority and ride safe

**** RCMP Media Release

Be cautious at intersections this winter

Nova Scotia RCMP is reminding drivers and pedestrians to be extra cautious at intersections this winter.

Winter weather such as snow and freezing rain can severely impact road conditions, making it even more important to be vigilant and alert when approaching an intersection. Pay attention to your surroundings, changing lights, slippery road conditions and other road users before proceeding through an intersection.

Intersection safety is a shared responsibility. To help keep all road users safe, here are some tips to keep in mind:


  • Drive to road conditions if winter weather is occurring. Slow down and leave lots of space between you and the car in front of you.
  • When approaching an intersection, scan right and left before continuing through.​ ​
  • Make a full stop at red lights and stop signs, even when turning right, and yield to oncoming traffic when turning left.
  • Use your signal when making turns. Ensure it is safe to turn left before doing so.
  • Drivers must yield to pedestrians at all intersections, whether crosswalks are marked or unmarked.
  • Remember that pedestrians are often more difficult to see in darker conditions. Drivers should take extra care to scan for pedestrians when it is dark.
  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​When pedestrians are crossing, wait until they are safely at their destination before proceeding ahead.
  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Make sure you can hear and see what’s going on around you and keep music at a level where it does not obstruct yourhearing.
  • Drive defensively. Even if you have the right of way, be aware of your surroundings when proceeding through an intersection.


  • Pedestrians and motorists should make eye contact before pedestrians cross in front of vehicles.
  • Check traffic before crossing and only proceed when it is safe to do so.
  • Always use crosswalks and pedestrian-activated signals when they are available.
  • Wear reflective or brightly-coloured clothing if you’re walking at night to be more visible.
  • Don’t be a distracted pedestrian. Remove headphones; put away cell phones, or other electronic devices when crossing the street.

In addition to intersection safety, Nova Scotia RCMP would like to remind the public to make buckling up a habit in 2020. Did you know that not wearing a seatbelt is one of the four causal factors of serious and fatal motor vehicle collisions in Nova Scotia? To prevent an unnecessary tragedy, always ensure that you buckle up. Seat belts save lives.


RCMP reminding ATV enthusiasts to make safety a priority and ride safe

Richmond County District RCMP have a few safety tips for those attending the annual “Small Poker Run” run on January 18 on Isle Madame.​ With hundreds of riders and spectators expected to participate, it is paramount that everyone makes safety a priority while they enjoy the rally. “Richmond County RCMP will be in attendance for this event. There will be increased patrols to ensure that motorists are operating their ATVs in a safe and responsible manner.”, says Cpl. Luc MacInnis​ of Arichat​ RCMP.

The RCMP would like to remind ATV riders of a few simple tips to help ensure everyone’s ride is an enjoyable one:

-​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Be aware of hazards and mindful of changing weather conditions.​ Stay on marked trails and
watch out for hikers and animals.​ Obey the rules of the trail and be respectful.

-​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Wear appropriate safety gear such as helmets, goggles, boots, eye protection, and gloves.​ Be prepared for adverse weather and wear layers of clothing.

-​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Do not use alcohol, cannabis, or other drugs while riding. You could be risking the safety of yourself and others.

-​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Have a plan. Tell someone when you are leaving and when you will be back. Avoid riding alone and carry a first aid kit, tow rope, overnight bag in case you need it. Know your route!

-​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Do not ride beyond your ability. Refrain from “stunting” and take breaks when you need them.

-​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Ensure you keep your ATV fuelled, and that you keep yourself fuelled as well.

-​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Do a pre-ride inspection every time you drive your ATV. Check the tires for wear and rims for damage. Look over your controls and made sure all cables and connections are intact.​

-​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Be prepared for random checks by RCMP officers on ATVs or at check points. Make sure your ATV is registered and properly insured. If the trails you’re riding on require a trail pass, ensure you have one.

-​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ When stopping for a break or to marvel at the beautiful Cape Breton scenery, or any time your ATV is left unattended, please ensure your valuables are stored out of sight, properly secured, or kept with you.

Richmond County District RCMP members wish everyone a safe and enjoyable weekend!

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