With Daylight Savings coming to an end, commuting gets a whole lot more tiresome – and more dangerous for drivers and pedestrians. Now that the clocks have turned back, Toronto Police are on a week-long driving crackdown across the city.
The driving safety blitz is all in all an effort to encourage people to drive safely and stay attentive on the roads as commuting home gets harder in the dark and poorer weather, according to a news release issued by the City of Toronto.
Police will focus on speeding and impaired, aggressive, and distracted driving, according to the release. The TPS will also increase its on-street presence across the city during this time.
With clocks going back an hour over the weekend, visibility in the evenings gets much harder. That leads to increased frustration for drivers and poses a huge danger to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike.
The news release states that in Toronto, collisions involving pedestrians typically increase by more than 30% in the evenings from November to March, compared with during Daylight Savings Time.
Because of the increased dangers posed, the City of Toronto has also urged road-users to stay alert during the darker nights by launching a Toronto road safety campaign. All drivers, cyclists, transit riders, and even pedestrians are being urged to stay alert.
The City release also confirmed previously announced plans that speed limits on around 50 Toronto roads will be dropped by 10km/h by the end of the year.
With the crazy weather that Southern Ontario has ahead for us, it’s even more important to be aware of your surroundings and to stay attentive on the roads.