April 6, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter
Vulnerable road users, which includes pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists, is the traffic safety spotlight for the month of April, Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) said on Wednesday.
Police in the province will be paying particular attention to vehicles not yielding to pedestrians, making unsafe lane changes around motorcycles and driving without due care and attention around bicycles and motorcycles. Police will also be watching for motorcyclists not wearing the proper gear, bicyclists not following the rules of the road and jaywalking pedestrians, SGI said in a press release.
Vulnerable road users are at a higher risk of injury in a collision than people in passenger vehicles (due to the lack of occupant protection). In 2014, 18 pedestrians, two bicyclists and three motorcyclists were killed in collisions in Saskatchewan, and 593 more were injured. Earl Cameron, vice president of SGI’s Auto Fund, added in the release that vulnerable road users’ relatively smaller size makes it harder for vehicles to see.
The focus on vulnerable road users comes at the same time as SGI implemented a Reduced No Fault coverage for motorcycle owners. The third option for coverage offers a basic package of injury benefits at a lower cost, since there are fewer benefits, SGI noted on Tuesday. Motorcycle owners now have the choice between Reduced No Fault coverage and the two options that existed previously – the full package of No Fault injury coverage or Tort coverage.
The Reduced No Fault coverage was announced in May 2015 and implemented on April 1.
To be eligible for, and to select the new coverage, the rider must: