Crosswalk Safety/Construction Area Safety:
As you are aware, there is increasing construction going on through the town of Port Hawkesbury. The work currently located at the intersection of Reeves and Pitt streets will be progressing further into Reeves street within the next week.
With the construction, the traffic lights have been experiencing technical problems, which may have lead to rapid switching from “green” to “amber” then “red.” The traffic lights may also be shut down as well as work is completed.
With this on-going construction, SAERC staff are going to be reminding you of safe practices while crossing any street.
Of course, the only safe place to cross Reeves street is on fully marked crosswalks.
Please be aware of your surroundings and make safe choices while off school property.
Please note that:
- Cross only at marked crosswalks or traffic lights. Don't cross in the middle of the block or between parked cars (Jay-walk).
- Make sure drivers see you before you cross. If the driver is stopped, make eye contact before you step into the road.
- Wear bright or light-coloured clothing or reflective strips, especially at dusk or when it's dark.
- At a traffic light:
- Cross when traffic has come to a complete stop.
- Begin to cross at the start of the green light or “Walk” signal, where provided.
- Do not start to cross if you see a flashing “Do Not Walk” symbol or the light turns yellow. If you already started to cross, complete your crossing in safety.
- Never cross on a red light.
- Watch for traffic turning at intersections or turning into and leaving driveways.
Construction Safety considerations for Reeves and Pitt:
- Observe all signs associated with construction sites.
- Pay attention when walking or running near a construction zone.
- If you use headphones while walking or running near a construction site, leave one ear open so you can hear and be alert to your surroundings.
- Don't walk or run while sending texts, answering emails, or using your smartphone. Pay close attention to your surroundings!
- Observe walkways and crosswalks near construction sites.
- Walk or run in the direction of traffic in construction zones.