Our View: Stay seen, stay safe

No, not the holiday wishes. Rather, the plea to motorists and pedestrians to take special care while they’re on the streets.

It’s a familiar refrain this time of year.

No, not the holiday wishes. Rather, the plea to motorists and pedestrians to take special care while they’re on the streets.

You may be rushing off to that special holiday party, but how are you getting back?

Local police detachments have already geared up for the CounterAttack program to combat impaird drivers, but it isn’t always drunk drivers that are involved in accidents.

Every December in B.C., an average of seven pedestrians are killed and another 269 are injured.

The dark rainy weather, slippery streets and poor visibility all conspire to make driving more difficult.

There’s little we can do about that. But what we can do is make the extra effort to see and be seen.

ICBC has a few suggestions. They’re made every year, but they’re worth repeating.

To motorists, remain attentive at all times. Not only is it illegal to use a hand-held device while driving, the consequences can be deadly.

Pay particular attention around intersections where 75 per cent of all pedestrian incidents occur. Watch while turning left or right for pedestrians who have already begun to cross.

For pedestrians, never assume that just because you see the vehicles, their drivers see you. Headlights, traffic and other distractions compete with your visibility. Fight back by ensuring you are dressed to be seen; wear reflective clothing, a reflective arm band, or carry a light.

The holidays are a hectic time of year. We all have places to be and things to think about.

But they’re also meant to be a happy time; don’t let an accident or injury spoil that.

 

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