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Sharing roadways require extra caution this time of year, Ridgeland officials warn

With daylight saving time ending soon, Ridgeland officials warn pedestrians and cyclists to be extra careful around vehicles. Officials also request that drivers be watchful and to avoid distractions that might cause a driver to not observe a walker, jogger, or cyclist on the roadway or crossing a street.

Pedestrians traveling during newly dark hours are urged to stay on trails, sidewalks and use well-lit crosswalks. Wearing appropriate lights and reflective gear is highly recommended. Bicyclists need to have reflectors and lights on their bikes and to also follow road rules for cyclists.

“This is a good time to remind cyclists of the helmet law in Ridgeland,” said Mayor Gene McGee. “Wearing a helmet can save your life and that is why we enacted an ordinance in Ridgeland. I also recommend using flashing lights on bicycles so that drivers can see you easily.”

Drivers need to remember the three-foot rule for driving around cyclists on roadways. Alderman-at-large D.I. Smith notes, “Sharing the road safely comes with extra challenges during this time of year of shorter daylight hours. We just want to avoid any vehicle and pedestrian or cyclist collisions.”

Daylight saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 6. Please be vigilant and stay safe.