When you're driving in a parking lot, you need to pay attention to your surroundings. This is the advice of Deputy Chief Brent VanDeSype with the Weyburn Police Service after a pedestrian was struck last week by a distracted driver in a parking lot.
"A motorist was looking for a parking spot, and was a little distracted, and didn't notice a pedestrian walking across the lot, and collided with the pedestrian," he explained. "Of course, it was a slow speed, but it knocked the individual to the ground."
He said the individual went to the hospital and was treated for minor injuries.
"Very fortunately, it was only minor injuries, but the driver was charged under the Traffic Safety Act for driving without due care and attention. It could have been far worse than what it was."
"There are lots of vehicles, and your view could be obstructed, and you can be looking left, right, looking for a parking spot, so drive slow, and be aware."