Letters: Pedestrians and drivers, be careful

Even in broad daylight, I have had to jump out of the way of vehicles turning left or right.

Editor, The News:

I am a pedestrian. I don’t drive.

In the past month, I have heard of four motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians, some fatal.

Even in broad daylight, I have had to jump out of the way of vehicles turning left or right because the drivers are watching traffic more than pedestrians.

But at this time of year, all pedestrians need to be more diligent, especially after dark.

On Jan. 4, my husband and I drove east on Ford Road in Pitt Meadows, then turned south on Harris Road. He was not even driving the speed limit, and Harris Rd. is well lit. We came close to the first crosswalk when my husband had to jam on the brakes. There was a pedestrian dressed all in black. Even I only saw him at the last second.

If and when I go out after dark, I always make sure I wear something reflective or carry a flashlight.

Pedestrians, do not assume that you can be seen by vehicle drivers, because if you are hit, it is not always their fault.

On that note, a number of years ago I was hit while riding my bike after dark. But because I didn’t have lights on my bike, the police wouldn’t even consider my case.

So for pedestrians who think we’re invincible, think again.

Pay attention, use reflectors or flashlights after dark, and remember that you are virtually invisible after dark if you’re wearing dark clothing.

And, yes, drivers need to be more diligent as well at this time of year.

Janet Veillet

Pitt Meadows