Coquitlam RCMP and ICBC team up for pedestrian safety
2019-10-23 09:42 PDT
Coquitlam RCMP officers and volunteers are teaming up with ICBC to educate all pedestrians, but especially adults, on how to stay safe in the darker, wetter months of Standard Time.
ICBC statistics show that, in this province, up to 44 percent of collisions involving a pedestrian happen between October and January. The ICBC numbers also show that on average 2,700 pedestrians are injured in crashes every year.
That’s why on November 5th and November 6th, RCMP officers, staff and volunteers will be handing out free safety reflectors and tip cards at four locations: two during the morning commute and two more during lunch time. Members of the media are welcome to attend.
When and where:
- Tuesday November 5th, 2019
- From 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. at Burquitlam Station and Coquitlam Central Station in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam Station in Port Coquitlam
- Wednesday November 6th, 2019
- 12:20 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Terry Fox Secondary School in Port Coquitlam and 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Coquitlam City Hall in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam City Hall in Port Coquitlam
Tips for pedestrians (from our pedestrian tip cards):
- Wear brighter clothing (especially in bad weather, at dusk or dawn, and at night).
- Focus your full attention on the road and traffic. Leave your phone alone and remove your headphones while crossing the road.
- Don’t cross mid-block. Follow pedestrian signs and traffic signals and don’t cross on a yellow or red light.
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing a street.
- Be cautious at transit stops. Avoid running for the bus and taking shortcuts.
Tips for drivers (for keeping pedestrians safer):
- Focus on the road. Always leave your phone or any other hand-held electronic device alone while you’re driving.
- Be ready to yield to pedestrians – especially when turning in intersections and near transit stops.
- Look twice for pedestrians before turning especially when visibility is poor.
- Give yourself extra time and space to stop in case a pedestrian suddenly crosses the street.
For more information about pedestrian safety go to the ICBC website.
For more information contact:
Corporal Michael McLaughlin
Media Relations Officer
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