On September 11, 2020 between 6:30 – 7:30 a.m., St. Albert RCMP responded to two motor vehicle collisions involving pedestrians. 

The first collision occurred at approximately 6:30 a.m. where a pedestrian was crossing Lavasseur Road legally in a marked intersection with lights and was struck by a vehicle making a left turn.  The second collision occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m. where the pedestrian was crossing in a marked crosswalk on Cunningham Road at the intersection of Stanley Drive and was struck by a vehicle. 

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Both pedestrians were transported to the hospital by ground ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries and were later released.  In both collisions, police say the drivers did not see the pedestrians, due to darkness and/or bright sun.

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St. Albert RCMP wants to remind drivers that as fall approaches the days are getting shorter and many people are out walking in the early morning when it is still dark or the sun may just be coming up.  Drivers need to look out for pedestrians at all times.  Overall visibility is limited in the dark and in poor weather conditions.  Not only is it more difficult for drivers to see oncoming pedestrians, but it is also harder for pedestrians to see vehicles.  In addition, the sun is rising later each day, thus drivers need to be mindful of this (sun may be in the driver’s eyes) and remain vigilant.

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The RCMP says pedestrians also need to make sure they are visible to drivers at all times and make eye contact with drivers whenever possible before crossing.  When walking in the dark, pedestrians should refrain from wearing dark coloured clothes and may want to wear reflective clothing to be seen more easily.

Police say, in both collisions, the driver was charged for “Fail to Yield to a Pedestrian in a Crosswalk”, under the Use of Highways and Rules of Road Regulations.

Anyone who has information on any crime is asked to contact the St. Albert RCMP Detachment at 780-458-7700 or their local police.  If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play.

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