Be seen, be safe

Alanna Kelly

Kelowna RCMP have teamed up with ICBC to offer some tips on how to walk safe.

As daylight hours slowly slip away, pedestrian safety is top priority right now. One of the most significant contributing factors behind collisions is lack of reflective clothing.

“The youth is where it starts, and we want to make sure they remain safe during this time of year,” said Const. Lesley Smith, Kelowna RCMP.

Officers and ICBC were at North Glenmore Elementary School handing out reflective tags.

“Pedestrians cannot assume the driver of an approaching vehicle sees them,” said Smith. “Before entering the crosswalk they must be satisfied the vehicle is slowing down and the driver sees them."

Tips on how to walk safe are to always look, listen, dress to be seen, be extra cautions at intersections and always cross at a designated crosswalk.

“Drivers have a responsibility to yield to pedestrians who are entering a marked crosswalk,” said Smith. “They also have the onerous task of dealing with pedestrians who not only have their earbuds in but who are also distracted and looking down at their phones while in crosswalks.”

The ‘Walk Safe’ program will be stopping by other popular spots around Kelowna this week including the Queensway bus loop and Orchard Park Mall.

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