The RCMP’s Traffic Services is making an urgent plea to road users to show extra care after a spate of deadly pedestrian collisions.
Officials are putting out the warning after five fatal pedestrian collisions, and one fatality involving a cyclist in the last two weeks.
The traffic division says this fall has been particularly bad, with 19 pedestrian accidents since the beginning of September, seven of them fatal and four accidents involving cyclists, one of them fatal.
It says nearly 60% of the cases they’ve been called to since September have involved pedestrians or cyclists.
Mounties are asking all pedestrians to be aware of their surroundings, and drivers to also pay extra attention, as dark and wet winter weather conditions roll in.
They’re also offering up a number of tips for road users to help avoid future tragedies.
- Wear bright, reflective clothing.
- Cross in designated crosswalks and avoid crossing behind buses or at centre medians.
- Follow pedestrian signals – don’t cross on a yellow.
- Don’t assume a driver can see you – make eye contact, then cross.
- Remove your headphones and leave your phone alone while crossing the road.
- In rural areas, walk facing traffic and make yourself visible.
- Drivers focus on the road– leave your electronic devices alone.
- Be ready to yield to pedestrians, especially at intersections near transit stops
- Look twice and expect the unexpected.
- Drivers, please drive to suit the road conditions.