Windsor police are urging motorists to slow down and share the road after a series of six accidents during the morning commute yesterday, three of which involved a bicyclist or pedestrian.
Between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. police responded to six accidents throughout the city. Two accidents involved bicyclists and one involved a pedestrian walking with a bicycle. Minor injuries were reported. Police also investigated three other accidents between vehicles.
Later that day, there was another accident involving a bicyclist around 2:30 p.m. on Tecumseh Road East and Westminster Boulevard.
Police noted that this high frequency of accidents is concerning, especially because the roads and weather were clear at the time. They noted that the nice weather means that more people are out enjoying their bikes and walking around the city.
Motorists are reminded to take extra caution when sharing the road with pedestrians and bicyclists. Drivers should:
- Reduce your vehicle speed when approaching bicyclists or pedestrians
- Do not tailgate bicyclists, especially in poor weather
- Allow at least three feet of space when passing bicyclists on the left
- Always yield to pedestrians in marked and unmarked crosswalks
- Check for and yield to pedestrians and bicyclists when making a turn
- Exit driveways carefully
- Slow down in school zones and drive cautiously when near children
Roadway safety requires the participation of everyone who is sharing the road together. However, because vehicles can cause serious damage to pedestrians and bicyclists, it is vital that motorists drive with extra caution.
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