Police are warning pedestrians and drivers to be extra cautious on Kamloops streets as the days get shorter and the sun stays lower in the sky.
“Every year, when the fall arrives and the daylight hours decrease, Kamloops experiences a dramatic increase in motor-vehicle incidents involving pedestrians,” Kamloops RCMP Sgt. Darren Michels said in a news release.
“The Kamloops RCMP is reminding everyone to please be aware and be extra vigilant while on the roadway for the safety of everyone. It will make our community a safer place if we all just take a few steps to promote road safety.”
Michels urged pedestrians to wear bright or reflective clothing, maintain eye contact with drivers, avoid wearing headphones and only cross traffic in marked crosswalks.
Drivers, he said, are reminded to yield to pedestrians attempting to cross, focus on the road and avoid distractions, look pedestrians in the eye, take time and be proactive in anticipating the actions of other drivers and pedestrians.
“Be kind to one another, smile, walk briskly, wave and thank others for giving you the right of way when crossing,” Michels said. “Courtesy for everyone will save lives in our community and hopefully reduce the number of pedestrian accidents we have.”