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Reported Peace Officer impersonation was an off-duty Officer ensuring safety of pedestrian

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Cornwall, PE - An off-duty RCMP constable in uniform, returning home after completing their shift, attempted to provide pedestrian safety advice to a woman walking in the dark.

As previously reported, the encounter happened at approximately 8:20 p.m. on Saturday, October 7, 2023. The constable saw the woman walking with her dog on a section of the Ferry Road that was not well lit at the time making her difficult to see.

The off-duty constable, from a neighbouring RCMP District, was attempting to advise the woman she should be walking on the opposite side of the road facing traffic, as she could have been struck from behind by passing vehicles. The woman could not see the constable's uniform and departed the area before the constable could engage in further conversation. The constable provided dash-cam footage from his vehicle that captured the event.

RCMP have followed up with the woman who has stated she is thankful this was police officer concerned for her safety. For the safety of pedestrians, the PEI Highway Traffic Act requires that pedestrians use sidewalks when available. If there are no sidewalks, pedestrians are required to walk on the left side of the road facing traffic approaching from the opposite direction.