In the past few years over 40% of fatal collisions in Surrey have involved pedestrians. Across the Lower Mainland, on average - 33 pedestrians are killed and 1,700 injured in crashes every year.
Drivers have a responsibility to share the road responsibly, and pedestrians have an equally important role to ensure their safety.
Pedestrians are at greatest risk for harm during inclement weather and in the fall and winter as daylight hours decrease. Year-round most crashes involving pedestrians happen on Fridays between 3-6 PM, according to External link, opens in a new windowICBC’s statistics.
Pedestrian Safety Tips:
- 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).
- Teach your child to be a safe pedestrian with the poster “External link, opens in a new windowLook, listen & be seen” from ICBC
Failure to obey the rules of the road as a pedestrian may result in a violation ticket from police. Violations for pedestrians include:
- Failure to obey traffic control device ($121 fine)
- Entering a roadway when it is not safe ($109 fine)
- Entering an intersection on a red light ($109 fine)
- Disobeying pedestrian control signal ($109 fine)
- Failure to use crosswalk ($109 fine)
- Failure to yield to vehicle when not in crosswalk ($109 fine)
- Failure to use sidewalk ($109 fine)