High-vis vests for pedestrians available free

It’s five o’clock in the afternoon, already dark, and you’re walking home along the sidewalk when a driver begins backing out of his driveway.

You can see the car, but can the driver see you?

According to the Mounties, motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians tend to spike during the winter months.

To help pedestrians to be better seen in our community, the RCMP has teamed up with the City of Campbell River and ICBC to hand out high-visibility vests.

The vests are free of charge while supplies last and are available at the front counter of the RCMP detachment, 275 S. Dogwood St.

Some safety tips for pedestrians:

  • Wear reflective gear when out in bad weather and low light situations.
  • Be extra cautious at intersections and cross walks.
  • Never assume the driver sees you.

Safety tips for drivers:

  • Always watch for pedestrians and cyclists especially at intersections, cross walks and transit stops.
  • When turning at intersections always scan the cross walk, confirming there are no pedestrians.

Statistics in B.C.:

  • On average 550 pedestrians injury crashes during November and December compared to 330 in July and August.
  • Injury pedestrian crashes more than double in November and December compared to July and August.
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