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Attention on the roads a key for darker evenings

As it continues to get darker earlier in the evening, residents should work to be more careful while travelling around the peace country. Manager Novice Operations Alberta Motor Association Driver Educator Rick Lang highlights the importance of being mindful of animals that tend to be out between dusk until about midnight.

“Most of them, especially moose, blend into things on the side of the road. You don’t see them until the last possible second. You may think the traffic is light, roads conditions are bare and dry, but you have to remember the animals are out there.”

If a collision with an animal becomes unavoidable, Lang advises not steering directly into oncoming traffic.

“I am going to try and scrub off as much speed as possible. I am going to avoid swerving to the left because I could put myself into more danger with a head-on [collision]. If I am going to do anything, I am going to break and potentially move to the right.”

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He adds that on top watching for animals, it is always important to watch for pedestrians this time of year. AHS Chief Medical Officer of Health Karen Grimsrud says a majority of injury deaths in Alberta are due to vehicle-pedestrian collisions. In 2014, collisions with pedestrians were more likely to happen between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

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