White Rock community policing volunteers and officers were handing out reflectors to pedestrians last week, in an effort to boost safety on the city’s streets.
The Pedestrian Safety Watch was held Nov. 4, in advance of the weekend time change, which saw clocks go back one hour. The shift means fewer hours of daylight, and greater concern for pedestrian visibility.
“It is imperative for pedestrians to take extra precautions while out walking and to make sure they are seen by drivers,” Const. Chantal Sears said in a news release.
Surrey RCMP made a similar appeal last week, after three pedestrians – a mother, father and toddler – were struck while crossing in the 2700-block of 160 Street in South Surrey. All three suffered minor injuries in the collision, and police say all three were dressed in dark clothing at the time.
To increase safety in the darker, wetter months ahead, suggestions police have for those planning or needing to be out walking after nightfall include to always make eye contact with drivers; remove headphones and leave cellphones alone when crossing the street; and wear reflective gear or carry a flashlight to make it easier for drivers to see you.