Kingston—Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation (KCAT) launches a safety campaign called “Look, listen and be seen. Be a safe pedestrian” to encourage pedestrians to wear safety reflectors while walking at night or during twilight.
Safety reflectors are reflective bands or clips that are worn on the wrist, ankles, or anywhere below the waist to increase visibility. Pedestrians are more visible to motorists at night when they wear safety reflectors, compared to light clothing.
“Fifty-seven percent of collisions in which a pedestrian is killed in Ontario occur during twilight or when there is darkness,” said Clare Mak, RN, public health nurse at KFL&A Public Health. “Pedestrians aren’t always aware that drivers have difficulty seeing them at night. We should wear reflective clothing or materials when we walk in low visibility conditions.”
Free safety reflectors are available to pick up at KFL&A Public Health and other locations throughout Kingston. For a complete list of distribution centres, please visit www.kcat.ca.
Follow the campaign on Facebook by liking the KCAT page, or on Twitter, by following @KCATonthego. Share your experience using a KCAT pedestrian reflector using the hashtag #beseen.