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Police to slap pedestrians with reflective bracelets

If you’re dressed in a way that could get you hurt, Richmond Mounties are ready to step in.

Starting Dec. 4, Richmond RCMP will join representatives from the Insurance Corporation of B.C. in slapping pedestrians with a reflective bracelet—not handcuffs—when they’re out at night and not dressed right.

“Every year in Richmond, an average of 45 pedestrians are injured in crashes from October to December when crashes involving pedestrians increase across the province,” said Joanne Bergman, ICBC road safety co-ordinator. “Since our days are wetter and darker at this time of year, it’s important for drivers and pedestrians to focus their full attention on the road and make eye contact with each other whenever possible.”

Pedestrians should be waring reflective clothing, or use reflective gear, so others can better see them at night and during poor weather conditions.

Police and volunteers will be handing out reflectors and information cards to pedestrians in the Minoru and Granville area and at No. 3 Road and Saba, during the campaign, between 5 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

On Nov. 24,  a Richmond woman died after being struck in the pedestrian crosswalk at Francis Road and St. Albans.

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