It’s the last day of summer! Fall is already making it’s presence known with fewer hours of daylight. The sun is now setting at 7:13 p.m., but temperatures are still warm enough for people to go for a jog or take their dogs for a walk in the evening.
That’s why the RCMP is urging people to be cautious when out in the evenings.
“We average 1,000 deaths for pedestrians in North America a year at this time,” says Sgt. Al Steinhauser, the Operations NCO of the North District RCMP Traffic Services. “It’s the 5th leading cause of deaths in children, so it is a serious problem we have. Some of the things we would like to see are people walking in bright clothes; wear safety vests, walk in groups, cross at crosswalks, pay attention to the surroundings. ”
It’s not just pedestrians that should wear reflective gear in the dark. Those walking their dogs can keep their pooches safe with things like reflective vests, leashes and collars.
Drivers can do their part by being extra cautious during the rapidly changing hours of daylight. “Lights should be turned on always. In newer models that are out there, the daytime running lights do help a bit,” says Sgt. Steinhauser. “But no matter who is at fault [in a pedestrian collision], it is the pedestrian who will take the brunt of it. If it doesn’t kill you, it’s going to hurt like heck.”