Police issue alert to pedestrians/motorists

Some near misses involving pedestrians and vehicles have RCMP warning both motorists and those who prefer to walk.

Police spokesperson Gord Molendyk said it’s the time of year when there’s a greater potential of pedestrians being hit by vehicles.

“There have been several pedestrian-MVAs in the Lower Mainland and some near misses here, so we’re asking motorists to please pay attention while driving,” said Molendyk. “Watch the crosswalks. It gets dark earlier now and stays dark later in the morning.”

The reminder goes both ways, as police ask pedestrians to keep alert as well.

Make sure a vehicle is going to stop when you’re in the crosswalk, and don’t step off of a curb without assuring you can do so safely.

Perhaps the biggest reminder for pedestrians is to wear light-coloured clothing, or clothing with reflective tape.

“A lot of people wear darker clothing that doesn’t have reflective gear,” said Molendyk. “Know that you have been seen by a motorist before you step off the curb.

“As I said, there have been some recent near misses and we don’t want to see anybody injured.”


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