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:

For more information on pedestrian safety, please see the Surrey RCMP or ICBC websites.

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