Pedestrian safety campaign launches in October
2021-09-28 09:20 PDT
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With daylight hours getting shorter and shorter, the risk to pedestrian’s increases and yearly statistics do not dispute this.
According to ICBC, more than 2,600 pedestrians in British Columbia are injured by motor vehicles each year. Fifty-seven of them die as a result. Seventy-eight percent of these crashes occur at intersections. Contributing factors include driver distraction, a failure of drivers to yield to pedestrians, and weather.
ICBC also reports that nearly half of all pedestrian involved collisions occur between the months of October to January, when driving conditions are at their worst. Often, even when drivers are being cautious, collisions still occur.
We all have a part to play in improving pedestrian safety, says Constable Deanna Law Media Relations Officer for the Coquitlam RCMP.
We are all pedestrians from time to time, so it’s important to pay attention to what is going on around us.
Coquitlam RCMP provides tips for drivers and pedestrians on the roadway:
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street. Do not assume a driver has seen you.
- Dress to be seen in bright or reflective clothing especially at night and on dark/overcast days.
- Use a crosswalk, a majority of the fatal pedestrian collisions involve jaywalking.
- Walk on the inside edge of the sidewalk so you are further away from traffic.
- If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic so you can see oncoming vehicles.
- Make sure you can hear and see oncoming cars. Remove your headphones and your hood when crossing the street.
- Always look for signs that a vehicle is about to move (rear lights, exhaust smoke, sound of motor, wheels turning).
- Focus on the road. Always leave your phone alone while driving.
- Be ready to yield to pedestrians, especially when turning at intersections and near transit stops.
- If a vehicle has stopped in front of you or in the lane next to you, it may be yielding for a pedestrian.
- Expect the unexpected, even mid-block, as pedestrians may be jaywalking.
- Slow down. Give yourself more time to react to the unexpected, like a pedestrian that suddenly appears in front of you.
Coquitlam RCMP are hopeful that both drivers and pedestrians will participate in pedestrian safety. Our officers will be out in the community encouraging everyone to slow down and be seen.
For more information on pedestrian safety, check out the ICBC website.
Cst. Deanna Law
Media Relations Officer
Coquitlam RCMP Media RelationsOffice: (604) 945-1580
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