As Spruce Grove continues to grow, traffic safety remains a high priority for both motorists and pedestrians travelling throughout the city. It doesn’t matter if you drive, walk, ride a bicycle or take the bus, traffic safety affects you and your family every day. The City of Spruce Grove encourages you to use these tips to ensure your own safety, and that of others.
- Motorists can practice intersection safety by slowing down and driving defensively. Watch for pedestrians and obey all traffic signs and signals. Be careful in a left-hand turn when crossing the path of an oncoming vehicle.
- Leave enough travel time so you do not feel pressured to speed through yellow lights at signalled intersections.
- U-turns are not permitted at intersections that are controlled with three-phase traffic control lights (red, yellow, green) unless designated by a sign.
- Driving requires your full attention. Distracted driving can lead to reduced reaction time, impaired judgment and a collision that could injure yourself, your passengers, other motorists and pedestrians, or result in death. To reduce distracted driving, give your full attention to the road, plan your route ahead of time, put your phone away and store personal belongings on the floor in the backseat.
- Distracted driving legislation restricts drivers from using hand-held phones, texting, emailing and entering information into a GPS unit. Reading and writing, personal grooming and using electronic devices (for example, a laptop, video game or camera) is also prohibited.
- Even quick trips around the city can be dangerous, so it is important that you and your passengers wear seatbelts whenever you’re in the car.
- Seatbelts save lives. Make sure you wear yours properly. A seatbelt should fit with one strap pulled snugly across your waist and another across your chest. In an accident, wearing just one or the other could result in you hitting your head or sliding out and away from your seat, potentially causing strangulation.
- Research your child’s booster seat to learn how to use it properly. It is important to learn how to secure it and how to recognize if your child has outgrown it.
- Simply put, speeding is unsafe and illegal. It is dangerous, can cause devastating accidents and may result in ticketing or a suspended licence. For the safety of yourself, your passengers, other motorists and pedestrians, it is important that drivers respect all posted speed limits.
- Roads can become icy and slippery in the winter. It is important to slow down and allow enough distance between your vehicle and those around you. Residents are reminded to give City crews and equipment plenty of room to work. When encountering snow removal equipment, slow down and follow at a safe distance until there is a safe and legal opportunity to pass.
- Construction and road repair projects are completed throughout the city during the summer months. This can result in reduced speed limits. Slowing down in these areas will help keep construction workers safe and allow you to properly navigate the construction zone.
- To reduce the temptation to speed, make sure you leave enough travel time and depending on the time of day, consider traffic volumes before leaving the house.
- Although many new drivers are learning to drive at the age of 14, it is important to remember that new drivers may also be adult beginners or recent immigrants to Canada. Some vehicles are marked with stickers that communicate to other drivers that they are new to the road, while many do not. Therefore, it is important that you do not tailgate any vehicle, allow others enough room to merge and always signal as a way to communicate with other motorists on the road.
- New drivers should remember to drive in the right-hand lane when leaving city limits, allowing others to pass on the left.
- Impaired driving applies to drunk driving, driving while under the influence of drugs and fatigued driving. Impaired driving causes slower reaction times, reduces your ability to concentrate and makes it difficult to stay in your own lane. Impaired drivers also have difficulty maintaining a constant speed, judging distances, making decisions and are easily disoriented.
- Rather than driving impaired, you should take a cab, call a trustworthy friend, have a pre-determined designated driver, or stay at a friend’s house. Decide on a safe way home before leaving the house so you are prepared with cab money or a friend knows in advance that you will need a ride.
- Do not give into peer pressure when offered a ride from someone who is impaired. Decline the ride, suggest splitting a cab or find an alternate way home.
- Motorists are required to slow down when driving through designated school zones, and be extra alert in all school and playground areas. Designated school zones with a maximum speed limit of 30 km/hour are located in Spruce Grove on:
- King Street adjacent to Brookwood School and Woodhaven Middle School;
- Pioneer Road near the Prescott Learning Centre; and
Greystone Drive between Grove Drive and Greenwood Drive.
Obeying the rules of the road when driving in close proximity to a school bus will result in safer streets for children in our community and fewer accidents involving school buses and their passengers.
- Be attentive to stop arms, flashing red and amber lights and crossing control arms that are located on most buses. When a bus is stopped, leave enough room between your vehicle and the bus to allow students to safely cross the street. Never pass a bus that has stopped to let students get on or off.
- Pedestrians are considered vulnerable road users. Both pedestrians and motorists are responsible to abide by all traffic laws, signs and signals to ensure pedestrian safety.
- Pedestrians should cross the road at designated crosswalks, make eye contact with motorists before crossing the street and should be aware of any challenging road conditions that motorists may be experiencing.
- Motorists should be careful when approaching intersections. Watch for cars slowing in the lane next to yours because other drivers may be yielding to a pedestrian.
- Pedestrians should ensure their attention is on their surroundings, especially at intersections - don't text or watch mobile devices, and take out earbuds or remove headphones.
- There are three rail crossings in Spruce Grove located south of Highway 16A at Century Road, Golden Spike Road and Campsite Road. All three crossings are signalled and have cross arms that restrict traffic from crossing in front of an oncoming train.
- For your safety, never drive through a cross arm, park or stop on the train tracks, or try to race a train.