Pedestrian accidents surge, wet nights to blame

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The Vancouver Police and ICBC are encouraging both drivers and pedestrians to be wary of pedestrian safety this season, as longer nights and rainy weather cause accidents to increase by 75% between November and January.

Their campaign began earlier this fall, however, Tuesday night saw numerous reports of crashes involving pedestrians. The popular Twitter account ScanBC, B.C.’s online radio scanning community, tweeted a total of 17 reports across Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island last night.

VPD Media Relations Office Randy Fincham confirms the inclement weather and dark nights have caused an increase in accidents.

“Over the past 24 hours, our officers have responded to 40 collisions, nine of those involving pedestrians and two involving cyclists. In addition, our officers do not respond to all collisions, only those involving injuries or significant property damage,” Fincham reports.

Keeping our roads safe is the responsibility of everyone involved, including drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

“Pedestrians and cyclists are encouraged to make eye contact with drivers, wear bright colours and be cautious of their surroundings, before venturing into the street,” he added.

ICBC is urging drivers to stay off electronic devices while behind the wheel and drive with caution.

With more rain expected this evening, including a heavy rainfall warning for much of Metro Vancouver, we hope our Twitter feed doesn’t look like this again:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Featured Image: Rainy night via Shutterstock

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