2018 October 29
Cst Jeff Palmer
604 925 7429 Desk
West Vancouver Police join our partners across the province urging all road users to help keep pedestrians safe this fall and winter.
Sunday, November 4th, 2018, marks the annual shift back from Daylight Savings Time to Pacific Standard Time.
West Vancouver Police urge all road users to be aware of the potential for increased risk resulting from the time change, particularly for the afternoon commute.
With sunrise and sunset both moving about 1 hour earlier, there will be more light in the morning, but less light in the afternoons.
Reduced light and visibility are among a number of risk factors facing road users heading into the winter months, and the risks are markedly increased for vulnerable road users like pedestrians and cyclists.
On average, 76 per cent more pedestrians are injured in crashes from November to January every year when conditions are dark and weather is poor compared to June to August in B.C.
The switch from Daylight Savings Time, shorter days and more severe weather all increase the need for drivers to concentrate on the road and watch for pedestrians and cyclists.
Those factors are added to ongoing risks including Distracted Driving. Nearly one in five people killed in car crashes every year in B.C. are pedestrians. Most of these deaths are preventable.
Drivers and pedestrians can all play a key role in preventing tragedy. Along with our partners, we urge drivers to stay focused on the road and avoid distractions. As a pedestrian, it’s important to make eye contact with drivers before crossing. Don’t assume a driver has seen you."
Tips for Drivers
· Be ready to yield to pedestrians – especially at intersections and near transit stops where pedestrians may not use crosswalks.
· When turning at an intersection, look twice to make sure there are no pedestrians crossing.
· Give yourself extra time and space to stop in case a pedestrian suddenly crosses the street.
Tips for Pedestrians
· Look. Always make eye contact with drivers. Never assume that a driver has seen you.
· Listen and focus full attention on what's happening around you. Remove your headphones and never talk, text or use electronic devices in an intersection or while crossing.
· Be seen. Wear reflective clothing or use reflective gear to make it easier for drivers to see you.
· Be extra cautious at intersections. Watch for vehicles turning left or right through the crosswalk. Always cross at designated crosswalks – never mid-block. Follow
pedestrian signs and traffic signals and never cross once the signal has turned yellow or red.
· Be cautious at transit stops. Always cross at designated crosswalks – not mid-block. Avoid running for the bus and taking shortcuts.