Visibility key on the road in bad weather

Police and ICBC are asking drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike to use more caution on roads in the Cowichan Valley as late fall brings rain, fog, slippery roads and reduced visibility to the area.

Motorists can make themselves more visible by turning on their headlights earlier in the day, using signal lights and slowing down as they approach intersections, the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP advised in a press release. Cyclists are encouraged to wear reflective clothing, obey the rules of the road, and use hand signals, reflectors and lights. Pedestrians are asked to wear light-coloured clothing and reflective gear, cross the road only at marked crosswalks, and make eye contact with drivers before crossing.

Also, with more roundabouts in use in the area, police have seen an increase in requests for information about their proper use. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has published information on its website at www.th.gov.bc.ca/roundabouts The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Traffic Section is also concentrating its efforts in specific areas.

"They are always concerned with school zones and ask that everyone take care in and around school and playground areas," Cpl. Krista Hobday said. "Of much concern these days is the distracted driver. Whether distracted by the use of an electronic device, the radio, or passengers, it is imperative that drivers concentrate on the task at hand which is getting to and from their destinations safely. As always, there is enforcement of the Criminal Code and the MVA as it pertains to impaired driving and check stops can be expected to deter this practice and identify those who are impaired while operating their vehicle. An important responsibility for all motorists is to drive a safely equipped vehicle, ready for any road conditions that can be expected in our area."