This is a particularly risky time of the year to be a pedestrian. It gets dark early, and is often pitch black outside by the time many commuters hit the road for home. Rain and wind and
bright headlights, combine to make spotting pedestrians very difficult. Combine this with drivers who are often
thinking about how they're going to get all of their Christmas shopping done, or how they're going to finish projects at work - and you have a partial recipe for disaster. But, add a couple of other ingredients, such as pedestrians who are wearing dark clothing or drivers who think that they can operate their vehicles after having a couple of glasses
of wine, and a risky endeavour quickly changes into a deadly one.
This past couple of weeks the Lower Mainland, including Burnaby, has seen several pedestrians struck and killed. And, in at least one case, drivers have not stopped to take responsibility or help the victims.
Such tragedies destroy lives, families and can impact workplaces and whole communities. The damage can wreak havoc for decades to come.
And, the added tragedy is that most of these accidents could have been avoided.
Take more time when driving - anticipate that distracted pedestrians in shopping areas are likely to step off the curbs without looking or rush across the streets. If you're going out walking at night, wear reflective clothing, or even flashing bike lights. Never assume a driver sees you. And, never assume that someone is going to stop just because you step out into a crosswalk.
If you're thinking of having a drink - even just one - don't drink and drive. If you are going to drink, organize a ride with Operation Red Nose, or take a taxi or arrange a designated driver system.
But don't, if you're a pedestrian or a driver, take chances. It's not worth it.
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