Autumn has arrived. Besides the pumpkin spice lattes, cozy flannel, and colourful leaves, the season brings shorter days, wet weather, and slick streets. We want to remind all road users—pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers—that these changes can bring reduced visibility and hazardous conditions.

Nearly half (45%) of all crashes with pedestrians happen from October to January.1 Intersections are particularly dangerous for pedestrians, as over three-quarters (78%) of crashes involving pedestrians happen where motor vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians intersect.2  As a driver, it may be hard to see those pedestrians and cyclists rushing to that next appointment due to fading light and inclement weather.

But these collisions are preventable. Remember to slow down when the roads are wet, and don’t rush through intersections or take shortcuts. And have a word with yourself before you check that text message—be attentive and put your phone down.

Even though it may look different this year because of COVID-19, Halloween can be a busy time on our roads, and Preventable wants to make sure that the festivities on and around Halloween are safe and not scary. There is a high number of crashes on Halloween—on average in British Columbia, there are 330 people injured in 920 crashes on October 31.3 Children may be dressed in dark costumes and may not be visible. Peak times for trick or treating are usually from 5 to 9 PM. Bright or light-coloured costumes and reflectors on candy bags can make your kids more visible in the dark.4  If your kids are going out alone, don’t forget to teach them how to use intersections and crosswalks safely, and to follow the rules of the road. And of course, remember to follow the BC Centre for Disease Control’s tips for having a safe Halloween, including keeping it local, trick-or-treating in small groups, and bringing hand sanitizer with you.5

We all know what to do when travelling—taking a moment to remember these tips can make all the difference.

Watch Preventable on CTV Morning Live, October 1, 2020:

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=2046995&binId=1.1184756&playlistPageNum=1

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=2047204&binId=1.1184756&playlistPageNum=1

 

Sources:

  1. “Pedestrian safety.” Retrieved from https://www.icbc.com/road-safety/sharing/pedestrian-safety/Pages/Default.aspx
  2. “​Be a safe pedestrian.” Retrieved from https://www.icbc.com/road-safety/sharing/pedestrian-safety/Pages/pedestrian-infographic.aspx.
  3. “​​A nightmare on B.C. roads – crashes 25 per cent higher on Halloween.” Retrieved from https://www.icbc.com/about-icbc/newsroom/Pages/2017-Oct24.aspx.
  4. “Halloween Safety.” https://parachute.ca/en/injury-topic/halloween-safety/.
  5. BC Centre for Disease Control. “Halloween.” Retrieved from http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/social-interactions/halloween