Pedestrians and Drivers Urged to Be Careful
This is the third pedestrian fatality in the region in the past four weeks, and the second in Quesnel since October 7th when a Prince George man was killed after being struck by a vehicle.
On September 27th a pedestrian was injured and later succumbed to their injuries following a collision at 5th and Voyageur in Prince George.
ICBC notes crashes involving pedestrians spike in the fall and winter as daylight hours decrease. Inclement weather reduces visibility which is often a contributing factor to these tragedies.
Pedestrians area reminded to always make eye contact with drivers before crossing a road and never assume that a driver has seen you.
Other tips for pedestrians include:
-remove your headphones and focus full attention on what’s going on around you as drivers may not stop or obey traffic signals.
-Leave your phone alone
-Be extra careful at intersections and watch for drivers turning left or right through a crosswalk. Drivers may be focused on oncoming traffic instead of watching for you
-Always cross at designated crosswalks, never mid-block. Follow the pedestrian signs and traffic signals and never cross once the signal has turned yellow or red.
-Wear reflective clothing or gear, and carry flashlights to make it easier for drivers to see you at dusk and at night.
-On roads without sidewalks, always walk facing traffic so you can see oncoming vehicles.
It has been nearly two years since four pedestrians died in three separate incidents in Prince George over an 8 week period. The fall of 2014 saw two people struck and killed at 22nd and Nicholson, a third person died while crossing First Avenue at Dominion, and the fourth death was that of a woman who was crossing Winnipeg Street.
ICBC statistics show that on average, 90 pedestrians will be struck and four will die in any given year in Northern B.C.