St. Albert, Alberta – On Wednesday, September 21, 2016 shortly before 8:00 A.M. St. Albert RCMP responded to a motor vehicle collision between a Mitsubishi Lancer and a pedestrian. The 17 year old male driver of the vehicle was traveling west bound on Sir Winston Churchill and struck a 13 year old female who had just stepped out onto the crosswalk. The marked crosswalk is located on Sir Winston Churchill between Richard S. Fowler School and Sir Alexander Mackenzie School. The female was transported via ambulance to the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton with what was believed to be minor injuries. The driver of the vehicle received a ticket under the Use of the Highway and Rules of the Road Regulation for Fail to Yield to Pedestrian in a Crosswalk, which carries a fine of $772.00.
Speed, alcohol, road and weather conditions were not a factor in the collision.
“We have responded to a number of collisions this month that have involved vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. We have been very fortunate we have not had more serious injuries or loss of life.”
Cst. Beth McIntosh reminds residents of the ongoing “Point Pause Proceed” campaign, a Capital Region Intersection Safety Partnership which includes the City of St. Albert and St. Albert RCMP. Among the safety tips offered for pedestrians, one of the most important tips is to ensure you have made eye contact with the driver(s) of the vehicles before stepping out onto the street. It is important to exercise caution at intersections and crosswalks; it is not safe for pedestrians to assume because they are at a crosswalk they will be seen.
The Point Pause Proceed program offers the following strategy to safely cross the street:
Point – Always use a crosswalk or the closest intersection; Point in the direction you are traveling
Pause – Never assume the motorist sees you; Pause. Look both ways and do not leave the curb until all vehicles come to a complete stop. Don’t assume vehicles will stop. Don’t just look at the vehicle, look at the driver. Look across all lanes you must cross and visually clear each lane before proceeding. Even if one motorist stops, do not presume drivers in other lanes can see you and will stop for you.
- Proceed – When it is safe, proceed across the street. Keep your arm extended and watch for traffic in both directions.
- Avoid distractions like texting, using your mobile device or wearing headphones.
Other safety tips for pedestrians include:
• Increasing your visibility by wearing bright clothing and reflective materials which makes you more visible to drivers.
• Don’t rely soley on traffic signals, look before you cross
• Be alert to engine noise or back up lights on cars when in parking lots and near on street parking spaces
For more information on the Point Pause Proceed Initiative you can go to stalbert.ca/traffic-safety.
St. Albert RCMP