Seven Pedestrians Struck Last Night by Cars in Separate Incidents, One Dies
Last night there were seven pedestrians struck in six separate motor vehicle collisions throughout the city, Vancouver Police Department reports. "We would like to remind people, as we did in our media release on Friday, that both drivers and pedestrians share the road and need to look out for each other. Vehicles making turns in intersections where pedestrians are crossing and pedestrians jay-walking are both common factors in pedestrian involved motor vehicle collisions," the police news release said.
Pedestrian Safety Tips from VPD:
Be visible – wear bright or light-coloured clothing, preferably with reflective material.
Focus your full attention on what’s happening on the roadway by removing your headphones and putting away your cell phone. Don’t let your umbrella obstruct your view.
Make eye contact with the drivers so that you both know you see each other. Don’t make the assumption that a driver has seen you even if you are in a crosswalk.
Use designated crossing points and follow pedestrian traffic sign and signals.
Tips for Drivers
Always yield to pedestrians at intersections
Be alert and scan left and right for pedestrians when you approach an intersection, especially if you are making a right or left turn.
Be prepared to stop. If a vehicle has stopped ahead of you or beside you, they may be yielding to a pedestrian.