Fall weather is here and with that comes poorer visibility on our roads. What better time to lighten up, especially when you’re a pedestrian.
Every year in B.C. crashes involving pedestrians increase in fall and winter. According to police, weather conditions are one of the top contributing factors in these crashes as it’s much harder for drivers to see pedestrians at this time of the year.
To help pedestrians increase their visibility on our roads this fall, ICBC will be in many communities with our partners handing out free safety reflectors. Our reflectors easily attach to clothing or gear, so no matter what you’re wearing, drivers will be more able to see you on the road.
To further protect yourself as a pedestrian, follow these safety tips:
- Look. Always make eye contact with drivers. Don’t assume the driver has seen you.
- Listen. Focus on what’s happening around you. Remove your headphone and never talk, text or use electronic devices in an intersection.
- Be seen. Wear bright and/or reflective clothing or gear to make it easier for drivers to see you.
- Be extra careful at intersections and watch for vehicles turning left or right through the crosswalk.
- Don’t jaywalk. Always cross at designated crosswalks – not mid-block.
Whether you’re a driver or a pedestrian, please do your part to help share our roads safely with all road users.
**Information provided by ICBC and re-posted with permission**
Sgt. Steve Eassie #158