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.

 

Just Posted

Snowfall warning across the West Kootenay

A strong Pacific frontal system had Environment Canada issuing a snowfall advisory early Tuesday

Castlegar water rates set to rise for commercial, industrial users; no change for single-family homes

Multi-family residences are also likely to see a price hike in 2019

Thousands donated to Castlegar health centre campaign

Money will go to purchasing new equipment

Climbing group launches fundraiser for Castlegar cliffs

TAWKROC wants to raise $60,000 to purchase the property from the owners

Wanted man captured by Trail RCMP

Ishmani Baker was arrested at a rural property on Columbia Gardens Road

VIDEO: Close encounter with a whale near Canada-U.S border

Ron Gillies had his camera ready when a whale appeared Dec. 7

Cranbrook planning X-Games style winter festival

Events to include snowmobilers, snowboarders and bands peforming downtown on Feb. 16, 2019

Too many die in heavy truck crashes, B.C. auditor says

Province has no mandatory driver training for commercial vehicles

B.C. city considers scrapping funds for Christmas decorations

Victoria city coun. Ben Isitt doesn’t think the government should pay for any religious symbols

Well-known B.C. snowmobile guide killed in rollover accident

Shuswap sledding communty mourns loss of experienced Sicamous snowmobiler

BCHL player lifts Canada West to second win at World Junior A Challenge

Chilliwack Chiefs player has a three-point performance

B.C.’s skyrocketing real estate market will ‘correct’ in 2019: analyst

Housing prices in Vancouver are set to rise just 0.6 per cent

Climate change, receding glaciers increase landslide risk on B.C.’s Mount Meager

Climate change is causing glaciers atop Mount Meager, in British Columbia, to shrink increasing the chances of landslides and even a new eruption, says one expert.

Most Read