Hi Kelly,

How are you adjusting to the end of Daylight Savings Time? Studies have shown that the average number of collisions rises during evening rush hour in the 30 days following the time change. Stay ahead of the time change by making sure you're getting enough rest to avoid feeling drowsy while driving, making sure your headlights are on at dawn and dusk and being extra vigilant of pedestrians and cyclists.

The Ottawa Safety Council

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When Daylight Saving Time ends, it’s only a one-hour difference – but it can still hugely impact your sleep cycle. Drowsiness behind the wheel is a leading cause of accidents, and studies have shown that the average number of collisions rises during evening rush hour in the 30 days following the time change. Stay ahead of the time change and be ready to make the switch safely with these road safety rules for Daylight Saving Time.

  • Get a good night's sleep
  • Take it slow
  • Headlights on at dawn and dusk
  • Share the road
  • Get ready for winter

For full tips and more, click here to read the article on our website.

CBC's All in a Day with Allan Neal

Sadly, there has been an increase in pedestrian life-altering injuries and fatalities in Ottawa (5 in recent weeks!). This is concerning. OSC's Executive Director, Jaime Kwong, was recently on CBC's All in a Day with Alan Neal discussing what we can do to prevent serious pedestrian accidents. This includes obeying Crossing Guards, exercising patience, planning accordingly so you're not rushed, and waiting for pedestrians to fully cross a road before proceeding.

Click here to listen to the full interview.

The call can wait, and other tips for keeping pedestrians

and cyclists safe on our streets

by Bruce Deachman, Ottawa Citizen, 8 Nov 22

It's believed that the shorter days may have played a role in the recent increase in pedestrian injuries and fatalities in the National Capital Region. According to this Ottawa Citizen article, "Of the five, four occurred at dawn or dusk, when visibility is poor — two between 5:30 and 6:15 a.m., and the other two between 6:40 and 6:50 p.m. Last month’s fatal collision on King Edward Avenue occurred shortly after 5:30 a.m."

As our Executive Director, Jamie Kwong, points out," the problem doesn’t lie with one particular group. It’s not the fault of motorists, or of cyclists, or pedestrians. It’s not about blaming the city for poor road design, nor was it solely an issue of enforcement. It’s about empowering everyone in the community to take an active role in creating safer streets."

Click here to read the full Ottawa Citizen article.

Interested in road safety? Join our team! We're hiring for various positions.

Crossing Guards: Join our team of dedicated Crossing Crossing Guards! Get outside, meet new people and make a difference in your community. To learn more, Click here for more information or reach out to Stephanie, our Recruiter!

Recruiter (Short-Term Contract with the possibility of extension): The Recruiter is responsible for attracting qualified candidates to fill vacancies within the Ottawa Safety Council’s Crossing Guard Program. The incumbent will work collaboratively with the HR team and School Zone Safety Program Manager to recruit dedicated candidates for the organization. Click here to learn more and to apply.

Program Manager, School Zone Safety: The SZS Program Manager will be directly responsible for overseeing the successful operations of the Adult School Crossing Guard and Walking School Bus Programs. While overseeing the management of over 300 field employees in the Ottawa area, this individual also provides direction to the ACG Coordinators, setting and maintaining high-level strategy, offering professional expertise and monitoring performance to ensure that organizational, individual and program objectives are achieved within scheduled timelines. Click here for more information and to apply.

Visit the Employment Section of our website for more information on

all of our current opportunities.

November 29th is Giving Tuesday! Help the Ottawa Safety Council reach its 2022 fundraising goal! Your donations support our road safety programs such as WalkSafe, BestFit Booster, and CycleSafe.

The Ottawa Safety Council is a registered charity focused on promoting social impact through education and engagement.

All donations through Canada Helps receive a tax receipt.

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