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Pedestrian safety blitz launches in New Westminster

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New Westminster – The New Westminster Police Department and ICBC would like to remind both drivers and pedestrians about the shared responsibility in keeping our New Westminster roads safe.

“We are conducting enforcement directed at drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians for offences that put themselves and others at risk,” said Sergeant Paul Fayle who works in the New Westminster Police Department Traffic Unit. “Expect to see both volunteers and police officers educating as many people as possible about pedestrian safety.”

Drivers can avoid life-changing pedestrian accidents by yielding to people on foot, watching for pedestrians at intersections – especially while turning left or right – and by expecting the unexpected.

Pedestrians are also urged not text while walking.

“Crashes with pedestrians spike in fall and winter as the weather changes and daylight hours decrease,” said Karon Trenaman, local ICBC road safety coordinator. “When you’re walking, make eye contact, wear bright clothing, and stay focused on the road. When you’re driving, take extra time to look for pedestrians before turning and be ready to yield.”

Residents can stop by the front counter of the New Westminster Police Department and pick up a free ICBC pedestrian safety reflector and tip card. These reflectors can easily be attached to your purse, mobility device, or baby stroller and help increase your visibility while walking. The front counter is open seven days a week, from 8:00am to 7:00pm.

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