Pedestrian safety highlighted during fall and winter months
2016-10-19 09:50 PDT
The Surrey RCMP’s Traffic Unit, see a similar trend every year. More pedestrian crashes occur in November through to February than any other months. In Surrey to date, 7 pedestrians have been killed, 6 of whom were crossing the road outside of a marked crosswalk.
With the days getting shorter and darker, the Surrey RCMP are reminding pedestrians to follow some simple rules to reduce the likelihood of being involved in a crash. More inclement weather is upon us also reducing visibility. With those changes also comes an increase in crashes involving pedestrians, most of which could be prevented.
Take your time when you’re crossing a road, says Corporal Scotty Schumann.
Make eye contact with drivers prior to stepping off the curb and don’t rely on drivers to yield the right of way to you. We’ll be stepping up enforcement this time of year to ensure pedestrians are using crosswalks when available.
Crashes with pedestrians spike in fall and winter as the weather changes and daylight hours decrease, said Karen Klein, local ICBC road safety coordinator.
When you’re walking, make eye contact, wear bright clothing, and stay focused on the road. When you’re driving, take extra time to look for pedestrians before turning and be ready to yield.
Pedestrians can improve their safety by following these suggestions:
- Always make eye contact with drivers and never assume that a driver has seen you.
- Remove your headphones and focus your full attention on what’s happening around you as drivers may not stop or obey traffic signals. Leave your phone alone.
- Be careful at intersections and watch for drivers turning left or right through the crosswalk. Drivers may be focused on oncoming traffic instead of scanning for you.
- Always cross at designated crosswalks – never mid-block. Follow pedestrian signs and traffic signals and never cross once the signal has turned yellow or red.
- Wear reflective clothing or gear and flashlights to make it easier for drivers to see you in wet weather, at dusk and at night.
- On rural roads without sidewalks, make yourself visible and always walk facing traffic so you can see oncoming drivers.
For more information on pedestrian safety, please see the Surrey RCMP or ICBC websites.
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