Saanich Police, ICBC hand out reflectors to promote pedestrian safety

ICBC and Saanich Police urge pedestrians and drivers to stay safe as the days grow shorter

ICBC and Saanich Police were in front of the University of Victoria bookstore at 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning, handing out safety reflectors to pedestrians coming off buses and cyclists as part of a province-wide pedestrian safety campaign. They urge pedestrians, cyclists and drivers to stay vigilant as the winter days get shorter and visibility gets worse.

READ MORE: Pedestrian injuries spike this time of year

ICBC Road Safety Coordinator Colleen Woodger said almost double the number of pedestrians are injured in crashes from October to January as the weather changes and daylight hours dwindle. “Nearly half of all pedestrian-related crashes happen between October and January,” said Woodger. “It’s also the time we see poor visibility, poor weather, darker days, so we need to remind people to take a look at what they’re wearing to work and think about ‘can I be seen?’”

Woodger said intersections are particularly dangerous, where over 65 per cent of all crashes happen. “Be really aware when you’re in intersections, specifically when there are vehicles turning, they may be focusing on the green light and not doing that scan of the crosswalk when they’re hanging a left.”

Woodger said it’s also essential drivers stay focused, put their phones away, and focus solely on driving. “We all need to share the road whether we’re walking or driving, so we need those drivers to stay focused,” Woodger said.

READ ALSO: Warm-up tips for chilly cyclists, walkers this fall and winter

PhotoSPD

Saanich Police Constable Maksym Vartanov said it’s important for pedestrian and drivers to “play nice” with each other because the consequences could be grievous. “We have to be careful and patient with each other because things can turn ugly very quickly, especially at this time of year,” Vartanov said. “Days are shorter, people are grumpier, and the weather is a little worse.”

More information about ICBC’s province-wide pedestrian safety campaign and tips for sharing the road can be found on ICBC’s website.

sophie.heizer@saanichnews.com


Like us on Facebook and follow @yrlocaljourno

ICBCSaanich Police DepartmentUniversity of Victoria

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Oak Bay pandemic project gets 300 submissions

Gage Gallery exhibit shows how people cope during crisis

Peninsula food bank receives $1,000 donation from local retailer

House of Lily Koi raised the money through the annual food bank fundraiser

Garden-sharing map connects Victoria landowners and gardeners

U-Map created by Young Agrarians after COVID-19 created uptick in garden matching requests

Saanich wins award for climate plan cut from 2020 budget

‘It’s truly an exceptional plan,’ says councillor disappointed with lack of funding

QUIZ: A celebration of dogs

These are the dog days of summer. How much do you know about dogs?

First glimpse of Canada’s true COVID-19 infection rate expected mid-July

At least 105,000 Canadians have tested positive for COVID-19 since the coronavirus was identified

Annual music event in Comox Valley celebrates online instead

Vancouver Island MusicFest holds virtual celebration set for July 10

Police ramp up efforts to get impaired drivers off B.C. roads this summer

July is dedicated to the Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving Campaign

Migrant workers stage multi-city action for full status amid COVID-19 risks

‘COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing crisis’

Okanagan school drops ‘Rebels’ sports team name, citing links with U.S. Civil War

Name and formerly-used images “fly in the face” of the district’s human rights policy, says board chair

PHOTOS: B.C.’s top doc picks up personalized Fluevog shoes, tours mural exhibition

Murals of Gratitude exhibit includes at least one portrait of Henry alongside paintings of health-care workers

In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion

Buffeted by invisible forces and just plain worn out, the United States of America celebrates its 244th birthday

Stop enforcing sex work laws during COVID-19, advocates say

There are provisions in Canada’s prostitution laws that make workers immune from prosecution, but not from arrest

Most Read