Struck pedestrians on the West Shore not unusual in winter

Poor visibility a key factor in MVI involving pedestrians

Motor vehicle incidents involving pedestrians have made waves on social media this month.

Reports of pedestrians being struck across the region have been flooding in. Last week a woman was killed in an incident on Mount Newton Cross Road in Central Saanich.

While there have been no fatalities reported on the West Shore, there have still been a number of collisions. Colwood Fire Chief Kerry Smith said such incidents are not uncommon for this time of year, when there is less daylight hours and more gloomy weather conditions.

During the first two weeks of February, Colwood Fire Rescue responded to five motor vehicle incidents, three of which saw pedestrians hit, although only two of those incidents could be verified.

Each fire department records and responds to calls differently, noted Langford Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Geoff Spriggs. So far this year, he said, the department has responded to 23 motor vehicle incidents. Of those, two were noted as involving pedestrians.

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