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RCMP take positive approach to pedestrian safety
Burnaby RCMP officers were practising a positive approach to pedestrian safety near Metrotown mall Wednesday.
Traffic officers Const. Wade Young and Const. Jonathan Gillis were handing out free tickets to the RCMP Musical Ride show, at Swangard Stadium on Aug. 27, to parents with young kids who modelled proper behaviour while crossing Kingsway.
They took note when one mother had her daughter press the pedestrian signal button, and the young girl continued to check for cars as she crossed the street. The officers rewarded them with the tickets and the recipients of the positive compliments walked away all smiles.
Kingsway is a corridor where a lot of jaywalking occurs by people crossing to and from Metropolis at Metrotown mall, said Young.
"We're trying to get the story out … good things happen when you use the crosswalk."
Gillis noted that it's illegal for people to cross against the traffic signal even when they're in a crosswalk.
"A lot are under the misconception that just because they're in a crosswalk they have the right of way when in fact that's not true," Gillis said.
Incidents where pedestrians are struck by cars are often caused by people jaywalking or disobeying traffic signals, Young said.
And whether the pedestrian has the right of way or not, it's "usually the pedestrian not faring out as well when they're injured," Gillis added.