The RCMP are reminding valley residents to keep an eye out for pedestrians this month.
 
Pedestrian Safety Months occurs each November to remind drivers and pedestrians that they are both responsible for their safety.
 
"There is certainly a lot of pedestrians walking around so we are going to be focusing on pedestrian safety and the theme is 'when eyes lock, it's safe to walk.' That's very important for a pedestrian when they see a driver to look at them in the eye," explained Seargent Kevin Charles of the Drumheller RCMP. "That's essentially a silent acknowledgement of I see you, I acknowledge your presence and I am stopping for you."
 
Drivers are encouraged to confirm that their brakes and lights are working and that they have a set of winter tires on.
 
"Be aware of these parked vehicles on the sides of the street at intersections. A lot of times they can obscure a pedestrian standing along the sidewalk trying to cross the road so try to avoid that tunnel vision of moving forward," said Charles.
 
According to Alberta Transportation, pedestrian and motor collisions are more likely to occur during this time of year. Approximately 30 percent of pedestrian and motorist collisions occur when the driver was driving properly.
 
Here are some helpful tips for pedestrians to follow to avoid collisions:
 
-Look both ways and be alert when crossing a crosswalk.
 
-Make eye contact with the motorist.-Wear bright clothing in poor weather or low light conditions.
 
-Obey traffic signs and signals.
 
"Our schools have these wonderful programs to instill safety in the kids and it is the adults that we want to remind to be very cognizant of the drivers on the road," added Charles.
 
The ticket is $776 and 4 demerit points for failing to yield to a pedestrian at a crosswalk or passing another vehicle stopped for someone at a crosswalk.

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