Credit: Pixabay

Pedestrian-related collisions more frequent with darker season

Poor light conditions may contribute to more incidents during the fall months

With darker days comes more pedestrian-related collisions.

According to Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, of the Kelowna RCMP, there has been an increase in incidents in the past few weeks in Kelowna, “which range from minor to moderate and even serious in nature.”

“These types of incidents tend to occur during the early morning commute and early evening commute hours, when lighting conditions are often poor, drivers may be affected by the rising or setting sun and both roadway users are more likely to be fatigued.

“More often than not the incident occurs when the operator of the motor vehicle is executing a left-hand turn from one roadway onto another.”

It is not uncommon for the RCMP to see a spike in the fall months, he said.

Related: Flaggers unite on Okanagan highway

RCMP Tips for pedestrians:

Walk on the inside edge of the sidewalk so you are further away from traffic

Cross only at intersections or marked crosswalks, never jaywalk

Dress to be seen especially at night and on dark/overcast days

Make sure you can hear and see oncoming cars. Remove your headphones and your hood when crossing the street

Make eye contact with drivers. Keep your head up & look where you’re walking. Never assume that drivers see you

Always look for signs that a vehicle is about to move (rear lights, exhaust smoke, sound of motor, wheels turning)

RCMP Tips for drivers:

Vehicles should have their lights on to increase visibility, regardless of the time of day

When approaching an intersection always scan right and left for pedestrians before proceeding through

When operating a vehicle, be cautious of pedestrians who may be distracted or unaware of their surroundings (for example: texting while walking, talking on the phone, using headphones, umbrella or wearing a hood which blocks their vision)

Obey the speed limit – not to avoid tickets but to avoid tragedy

To report a typo, email: edit@kelownacapnews.com.


@KelownaCapNews
newstips@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

More childcare spaces coming for Kelowna families

The provincial government stated that additional funding will create 68 more spaces in the Okanagan

Rockets grab win over reigning league champs in first game of road trip

Kelowna beat the Prince Albert Raiders 2-1 Friday night, take on Saskatoon Saturday

GoFundMe started for Kelowna family who lost pet, home in Rutland fire

A fire tore through a Rutland four-plex in the morning on Dec. 6

Winter Blues Festival returns to Lake Country

Harpdog Brown and the Uptown Blues Band headline the 2020 show on Jan. 25

Habitat for Humanity Okanagan receives $20,000 grant

The organization announced the grant from Revera on Friday

VIDEO: Boys help rescue Cariboo bear cub

The cub, weighing just 24lbs, has been taken to wildlife sanctuary in Northwest B.C. for the winter

Campbell River mom’s iPhone containing priceless photos stolen from Victoria hospital parkade

The phone contained photos, heartbeat recordings of her late son

Miller nets winner as Canucks edge Sabres 6-5 in OT

Roussel, Leivo tally two apiece for Vancouver

‘Norovirus-like’ outbreak interrupts Bantam hockey showcase in Greater Victoria

Several athletes were sent home, quarantined on the ferry

South Okanagan volunteer dental clinic donates rotten teeth to good cause

H.E.C.K. recently gifted 47 rotten teeth to a search and rescue group in the area

$578: that’s how much your first distracted driving ticket will cost with recent premium hikes

Over 50 per cent of Canadians admitted to using phone while driving last year, according to study

Healing with honesty: Justice served 40 years later

Revelstoke senior gets house arrest for sexually assaulting stepdaughter

WorkSafe BC to investigate explosion at Princeton facility

Explosion at Envirogreen waste reclamation plant occurred Nov. 27

Doors open to Vernon’s first refill store

Vernon’s Refill Store may be answer to plastics problem

Most Read