Pedestrian-related collisions highest this time of year

ICBC is urging drivers to stay alert, especially during this time of year, when pedestrian-related collisions nearly double.

The insurance corporation says 1,120 pedestrians are injured in collisions between October and January, while 640 are injured between May and August.

ICBC says this time of the year sees more crashes due to less visibility and daylight hours, plus the usual risks that come from distracted driving and failing to yield to pedestrians.

"Even when drivers proceed with caution, it's hard to see pedestrians at this time of year when visibility is poor,” says Lindsay Matthews, interim VP at ICBC. “Crashes with pedestrians are highest between 3pm and 6pm every day, when most of us are commuting home from school and work.”

270 crashes involving pedestrians happen every year in the Southern Interior, with over half of them happening at intersections.