RCMP Nova Scotia responded to 95 collisions on Remembrance Day weekend in 2018, the most of any other long weekend that year. RCMP Nova Scotia is encouraging extra caution this Remembrance Day weekend.
The most common factors in collisions on Remembrance Day 2018 weekend were wildlife on the roadway and aggressive driving.
"Road safety is a priority for Nova Scotia RCMP and we want to make sure everyone arrives home safely this weekend," says S/Sgt. Jeff West of Nova Scotia RCMP. "Please be on the lookout for wildlife, drive at safe speeds, wear your seat belt, avoid distractions and always drive sober."
There are ways for motorists to protect against collisions with wildlife. Some of these include:
- Check that your lights are working before driving.
- Travel during daylight hours if possible.
- Drive at safe speeds so you have more time to react in an emergency.
- Avoid distractions and focus all your attention on driving. If you're constantly scanning the road ahead, you're more likely to see an animal and will have more time to react.
- If you see an animal near the roadway, take it as a warning that there may be more nearby.
- If you notice a dead animal on the roadway that is obstructing traffic, please call police.
When it comes to aggressive driving, your best bet is to abide by the speed limit and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination.
Thank you for helping to protect Nova Scotians by driving cautiously this Remembrance Day weekend.