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Pedestrian safety

When drivers fail to yield, pedestrians pay the price. Busy intersections and shorter days mean that drivers need to be extra careful during fall and winter.

As the weather changes and daylight hours decrease, pedestrians become more vulnerable.
43 per cent of all crashes with pedestrians happen between October and January. But it doesn't have to be this way.

You can see pedestrians when you really look for them. In B.C. 76 per cent of crashes involving pedestrians happen at intersections. Whether it's taking a break from your phone or yielding the right-of-way, we all need to do our part to keep pedestrians safe.

Drive through intersections with care

  • Focus on the road. Take a break from your phone or any other hand-held electronic device while you're driving.
  • Be ready to yield to pedestrians, especially when turning in intersections and near transit stops.
  • Look twice for pedestrians crossing the road particularly when visibility is poor.
  • Give yourself extra time and space to stop in case a pedestrian suddenly crosses the street. Expect the unexpected.

Tips for safe walking

  • 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. Follow pedestrian signs and traffic signals and never cross once the signal has turned yellow or red.
  • Always make eye contact with drivers and never assume that a driver sees you.
  • Remove your headphones and take a break from your phone while crossing the road.
  • 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.

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