Mounties Encourage Defensive Driving & Pedestrian Safety
Prince George, B.C. – Just because winter is over and there’s no more snow on the road, it doesn’t mean it’s time to let your guard down while behind the wheel.
Corporal Dave Tyreman says defensive driving “takes skill and time” in order to stop your vehicle before “hitting, and either injuring, or worse, killing” a pedestrian.
The numbers below show how long it takes to stop safely at a given speed:
50 KPH= 3.51 seconds to stop or 34.90 meters/114.5 feet
70 KPH= 4.32 seconds to stop or 56.73 meters/186 feet
90 KPH= 5.53 seconds to stop or 97.94 meters/321 feet
Tyreman says nighttime driving can also pose challenges and reminds pedestrians to wear reflective clothing.
For example, he says there’s a significant difference in the ability of a driver to pick up a pedestrian wearing dark clothing from 50 feet away and a pedestrian wearing reflective clothing from 50 feet away – see images below.
Tyreman says police felt the public safety information was necessary after five pedestrians in Prince George were hit and killed from last October up until this past January.