Local RCMP were focused on crosswalk safety last week.
On Friday, the Grande Prairie Municipal Traffic unit charged several drivers with failing to yield to a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk after conducting pedestrian and crosswalk enforcement.
The cost of not yielding for a pedestrian is $776 and four demerit points.
The RCMP have provided some reminders for drivers and pedestrians:
- When approaching an intersection or crosswalk be alert for pedestrians.
- Watch for vehicles stopped or slowing in the lane next to yours. They may be yielding to a pedestrian.
- Stay alert and slow down on residential streets and through school and playground zones.
- POINT, PAUSE, and PROCEED. Be alert at intersections and always look out for danger when crossing the street
- Always use crosswalks and pedestrian-activated signals when they are available and cross only at intersections if they are not.
- Never jaywalk. Drivers are not anticipating pedestrians crossing in the middle of the street so they may not have enough time to avoid hitting you.
- Make eye contact with drivers before you cross the street.
- Be seen! Wear bright colored or reflective clothing especially when walking in low light or poor weather conditions.
- Walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk off the road, facing traffic, staying as far away from the vehicles as possible.
- If you are impaired, seek assistance and alternative transportation. Alcohol is often a factor in serious pedestrian collisions. On average over one-third of pedestrians in fatal crashes and 15 per cent in injury crashes had consumed alcohol prior to the collision.
- Pay attention! Remove headphones; put away cell phones or other electronic devices when crossing the street.
- Abide by traffic signs and signals.