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This is National Road Safety Week across the country and it’s a good time to re-evaluate how we all navigate our vehicles.

This coming weekend is the Victoria Day long weekend, the unofficial start of the heavy driving season in this province.

This will be the first weekend for thousands of people to open their precious cabins and cottages for the summer season.

That means many families will be on the highways much more than they have been during the long and dreary months of winter.

The special week is sponsored by the National Safety Council and this year they are putting the spotlight on those they call “vulnerable road users.”

In that category the council includes pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

That group is likely of greater risk in this province than anywhere else in the country because of a combination of geography, climate and the way out communities developed.

Many of our towns and bigger urban areas have streets that are carved out of rock and are therefore narrow and winding.

When this province was settled, our ancestors were more worried about water transportation and travel than motorized, land-based movement.

That puts pressure on streets that are crammed with vehicles of all variety. Add to that danger is the reality that many communities have few or no sidewalks — adding to the risk for walkers.

Even our most up-to-date highways are mostly just two lanes and clogged most weekends.

We all have to share what roads we are forced to deal with and a little courtesy and care goes a long way in preventing needless tragedies.

Organizations: National Safety Council

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