Two Central Saanich women are responding to tragedy by trying to make their community safer.
Three weeks after a fatal nighttime accident involving a pedestrian on Mount Newton Cross Road, Samantha Hunt and Megan Ereiser rolled out a simple solution they hope could save lives Sunday, placing bins with reflective vests pedestrians on the busy, mostly unlit road can borrow.
Meanwhile the pair are also preparing to present a 1200-signature petition to Central Saanich councillors Monday night, asking the municipality to look at installing overhead lights, and consider adding sidewalks along the road from East Saanich Road to the Pat Bay Highway.
This pair took action, trying to make their community safer following tragedy, following the death of 47-year-old mother and grandmother Suzanne Robertson, died after being struck by an SUV on the roadside where she had been walking between Central Saanich Rd and the Pat Bay Highway February 11.
“It was dark and rainy,” said Hunt, “I don’t want to speculate on the cause of the accident however there are always lots of people walking down here that aren’t wearing anything reflective and its very diffcult as you drive down the road to see people.”
While the cost of lighting the road from East Saanich to the highway would have to be studied, Hunt and Ereiser say the cost of the reflective vest project is small, with three plastic tote bins donated by Central Saanich police, and the vests coming courtesy of the Central Saanich Fire Department, a local company Vestifriends, and the duo’s own thrift store finds.
They say its a simple solution they hope other Island communities with their unlit roads could duplicate.