Feature Story                                                         Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016


She Got Ditched

Driver escapes from vehicle unharmed, careful in the dark this Halloween

Staff/Voice photos


A vehicle sits in a ditch at Prest and First last Wednesday while the driver explains to a RCMP officer what happened.

oads were dry, conditions were conducive for a safe drive, when a vehicle went into the ditch at Prest Rd. and First Ave.


It's not clear why the vehicle left the road Wednesday. It would be purely speculation whether speed, distracted driving or a mechanical issue were factors in the accident.


Thankfully, the driver appeared uninjured after scrambling out. An ambulance waited nearby just in case.


Fortunately, the ditch wasn't filled with water. We know how deadly those types of accidents are because when a car goes into a drainage ditch filled with water, it usually flips, trapping the driver. Most vehicles nowadays have electric windows making it even more difficult to escape from situations like that.


Halloween Safety

RCMP and ICBC urge drivers, parents and children to be extra careful when out there trick-or-treating.



Factors include possibility of rain and it will be dark early.


According to ICBC, an average of 120 people are injured in pedestrian/vehicle collisions every Halloween night in British Columbia.


The numbers across Canada are more dire. Each year, more than 2,400 children under the age of 14 are injured as pedestrians. That's the equivalent of about 40 busloads of kids.


Drivers to slow down and pay attention to speeds, especially in residential areas.


Some tips for parents, kids and drivers include:

Have children wear reflective items such as glow sticks, wristbands, and tape to help them be more visible to drivers.
Use non-toxic face paint and makeup instead of masks, which can obstruct a child's vision.
Always cross at crosswalks, street corners and intersections while trick-or-treating.
Drive slowly in residential areas where children are more likely to be.
Adults or older children should walk with young children since they may lack the skills to navigate streets on their own.


Happy and Safe Halloween.



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