Take steps to keep your little ghouls safe when they’re walking around the Central Okanagan

Mounties went on patrol last week to promote pedestrian safety in Kelowna.

RCMP Volunteers

Mounties went on patrol last week to promote pedestrian safety in Kelowna.

Included in the Oct. 27 effort were five volunteers with the Kelowna RCMP, Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey of the Kelowna RCMP and Christine Kirby the Kelowna area Road Safety Coordinator with ICBC.

The group  interacted with members of the public walking along Bernard Avenue and distributed over 600 ICBC Pedestrian Safety Reflectors along with information cards with important ICBC safety information for both pedestrians and motorists.

“RCMP are reminding children and their parents to make sure they stay visible while trick or treating on Halloween,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, in a press release.

“Ensure that your costume includes reflective markings or reflective tape and consider carrying a flashlight. It is safest to visit houses on one side of the street at a time and stay on the sidewalk whenever possible.”

A limited supply of the ICBC Pedestrian Safety Reflectors are available at the KLO Community Policing Office, the Rutland Community Policing Office and the Kelowna RCMP Detachment downtown on Doyle Avenue.

  • The following are ICBC safety tips for Pedestrians:
  • Listen: focus all your attention on what’s happening around you;
  • Pedestrians should remove their headphones or earbuds;
  • Stay off your cellular phone or other electronic devices;
  • Look. Make eye contact with driver’s and cyclists when crossing the street, never assume they have seen you;
  • Be seen. Wear bright, reflective, clothing or gear to help drivers see you, especially at night or in poor weather and low light conditions;