Pedestrian safety is a two-way street. What pedestrians and drivers can do to make our roadways safer
2023-10-12 15:05 PDT
Richmond RCMP video helps educate pedestrians and drivers about how they can make our roadways safer.
In 2022, Richmond RCMP investigated a total of 65 collisions involving pedestrians. 43 of those occurred during the winter months. To date in 2023, Richmond RCMP investigated 47 collisions involving pedestrians.
The fall is typically the worst time of the year for pedestrian injuries and fatalities in Richmond, says Sergeant Eric Baskette, Sergeant in charge of Road Safety Units,
We are wanting to remind the public to take extra care and precautions as the short, rainy days return.
Ways pedestrians can help prevent being involved in a collision include:
- Make eye contact with drivers, as it’s hard to see pedestrians when visibility is poor in fall and winter. Never assume a driver has seen you.
- Be careful at intersections. Watch for drivers turning left or right through the crosswalk. Drivers may be focused on oncoming traffic and not see you.
- Always cross at designated crosswalks and follow pedestrian signs and traffic signals.
- Remove your headphones and take a break from your phone while crossing the road.
- Be as reflective as possible to make it easier for drivers to see you in wet weather, at dusk and at night.
Ways drivers can help to try and avoid collisions include:
- Focus on the road. Always leave your phone alone while driving. #LeaveYourPhoneAlone
- Be ready to yield to pedestrians, especially when turning at intersections and near transit stops.
- If a vehicle is stopped in front of you or in the lane next to you, they may be yielding for a pedestrian.
- Expect the unexpected, even mid-block, as pedestrians may not be using a crosswalk.
Remember pedestrian safety is a two-way street. All road users need to do their part to make our roadways safer.
Cpl. Adriana O'MalleyMedia Relations Officer
11411 No 5 Road, Richmond, BC, V7A 4E8
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