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I T'S AN UNFORTUNATE occurrence in late fall. When the clock turns back and bad weather becomes more common, Ontario sees an increase in collisions between cars and vulnerable road users, which include cyclists and pedestrians. "It's a good time to remind everyone to be mindful of their role in safety on our roadways," says Brandy Tanenbaum, an injury-prevention specialist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. "Collisions are preventable when we work together and share the road respectfully." That's why road safety advocates are asking everyone to work together to minimize collisions. "We just spent two years talking about how to keep each other safe," says Teresa Di Felice, assistant vice-president of government relations for CAA South Central Ontario. "That should extend beyond Covid-19 to how we get around every single day." Experts say that's especially important if offices reopen on a large scale, bringing more vehicular traffic onto streets brimming with pedestrians and cyclists. A CAA study found that since the outset of the pandemic, 47 percent of Ontarians are walking more while 17 percent are cycling more. To reduce the chance of a collision, Di Felice recommends paying aention to your surroundings, whether you're driving, walking or riding a bike. That means puing your phone away and making eye contact with other road users. If visibility is low, drivers should use their full lighting system, even during daylight hours, and pedestrians and cyclists should wear bright or reflective clothing to ensure they are seen. For more safety tips, visit Plus, visit your local CAA Store to pick up a free reflector tag* that can be clipped onto your backpack, purse or zippers to help increase your visibility at nighttime. WINTER 2021 | 39 PHOTOGRAPHY CARLOS BARQUERO PEREZ/ISTOCK New Tow Zones A new pilot project is helping to protect drivers when they're at their most vulnerable Share the Road Experts say that drivers, cyclists and pedestrians must work together to prevent collisions *Available at participating CAA Stores in the CAA South Central Ontario territory. Limit of 4 per family while supplies last. e insider: road safety AS LONG-STANDING ADVOCATES FOR ROAD USERS, CAA is ensuring its Members are covered with the launch of a new tow zone pilot on certain sections of the highway. The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) is looking at how to oversee and regulate the tow industry with three main goals: • better manage the flow of traffic and reduce congestion so that collisions or vehicle breakdowns can be cleared from the highway quickly and safely • provide tow services from vetted tow operators with the proper equipment • set pricing for tows in these zones, so operators can't prey on drivers As part of the pilot program, four restricted tow zones will be in effect along sections of highways in the Greater Toronto Area. Chosen based on such factors as traffic volume and collision data, among the designated zones are stretches of highways 400, 401, 409, 427 and the QEW. Breakdowns in these heavily travelled corridors represent only two percent of CAA's million plus roadside assistance calls annually. As a Member, if you find yourself stuck in one of these zones, we are here to help. Here to help If you're in a designated tow zone and require assistance, call 911 if it's an emergency. Otherwise, call CAA at 1-800-222-HELP and we'll help coordinate a rescue either with one of our CAA providers or through MTO, depending on the situation. In the event that an MTO tow zone operator needs to remove your vehicle, CAA will cover the cost of your tow.* *A receipt of the tow from another operator is required for reimbursement.

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