It’s the time of year to be very careful when walking

Langley RCMP issue a number of tickets to pedestrians who ignore rules of the road.

At this time of year, pedestrians are at high risk of being struck by cars.

It’s that time of year when darker, rainier days mean pedestrians are more at risk. Langley RCMP and ICBC were trying to make that point on Oct. 15.

The insurance corporation along with traffic officers conducted a pedestrian education enforcement initiative in the 19600 block of Fraser Highway for an hour and a half.

In that time, 13 pedestrians were issued violation tickets for not using a crosswalk along a very busy road.

Surprisingly four pedestrians ticketed had less than a minute earlier been informed by the ICBC volunteer on the dangers of jaywalking.  They accepted the information and immediately jaywalked across the street through heavy traffic. Another pedestrian ticketed had a family member struck by a car recently.

“We’re asking drivers to do their part to share our roads safely and watch out for pedestrians especially when turning in intersections,” said Hilary Matheson, local ICBC road safety coordinator. “As a pedestrian, you need to make eye contact with drivers and wear reflective clothing or gear to make it easier for drivers to see you in fall and winter.”Police are asking pedestrians to look left and right again before crossing a street and make sure the vehicle has come to a stop.

The end of daylight saving time on Saturday night means it will be dark an hour earlier.

A pedestrian was hit but not badly injured stepping into a crosswalk at Walnut Grove Secondary last Monday afternoon (Oct. 20)..

Police are asking pedestrians to look left and right again before crossing a street and make sure the vehicle has come to a stop.

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