A safety reminder for hitchhikers

North Cowichan\Duncan

2020-02-05 11:51 PST

File # 2020-1590

North Cowichan Duncan RCMP are reminding both pedestrians and drivers to be safe on the roads after a man was hit by a vehicle on January 29, 2020.

Around 7:15 pm, police were called to attend at the Trans Canada Highway and Drinkwater Road, where a male hitchhiker had been hit by a vehicle. He was transported to hospital to receive treatment for minor injuries. The vehicle involved left the scene, and is described as a newer silver Chevrolet quad cab truck with two men inside. The vehicle is believed to have had chrome wheels and the word Nanaimo on the back window.

Police are attempting to locate the driver and passenger of the vehicle, and would like to speak to witnesses.

A hand with the thumb extended up in the gesture for hitchhiking

Police strongly recommend that hitchhiking be avoided, due to the possible safety risks. However, if travelers feel that it is the only option, they are urged to put their safety first. Wear bright or reflective clothing, and have a cell phone charged and available for use. Make sure others are aware of plans to hitchhike, and have a backup in case a ride doesn’t materialize. Be in a safe place off the road, as it is illegal to solicit a ride while on the part of the road designated for vehicles under the BC Motor Vehicle Act.

Our first priority is safety, says Cst. Matt Osborne. Hitchhikers and drivers should both consider their surroundings and their safety when making decisions on the roads. Hitchhikers should wait in a well-lit area with a shoulder or pull-out, and drivers who pick them up need to find a way to do it without endangering others on the roads.

If members of the public can identify the vehicle or observed this incident, police request that they contact the North Cowichan Duncan RCMP or Crimestoppers, to remain anonymous.

Released by

Cst. Carlie McCann

Media Relations Officer
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP
6060 Canada Ave., Duncan, BC V9L 1V3
Office: 250-748-5522
Fax: 250-746-2126

Email: carlie.mccann@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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