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Pedestrian Safety Tips

Broadcast time: 11:30
Friday, December 22, 2017

Traffic Services

Once daylight savings time begins, we recognize there is an increased risk to pedestrians on our roads. Some of the reasons are changing weather conditions and the reduction of daylight hours.

Part of our role as the Toronto Police Service is bringing attention to trends and education. To date, there have been over 1,600 collisions involving pedestrians in Toronto. Of those, 36 collisions resulted in fatal injuries.

Daylight Savings Time began on November 5. Since that time, six pedestrians have been killed in Toronto. From each of these tragedies, there are lessons that can be learned.

Analysis of these fatal collisions show several concerning trends:

• 16 of the 36 fatalities were seniors aged 65 or older
• 21 of the 36 fatalities involved mid-block crossing as a factor in the collision

We often say that road safety is a shared responsibility. It is.

Pedestrians must be aware that their actions or decisions can impact a drivers ability to react to a situation. Through courtesy and communication with drivers, you can help reduce the chances of being involved in a collision.

Drivers must recognize that pedestrian safety is in their hands. Being aware of the driving environment and road conditions, building in time to react to unexpected situations, reducing speeds and communicating with others, are all things that the driver controls.

We believe the following information can assist Toronto families when discussing and considering their safety:

• Never assume a driver can see you
• Make eye contact with drivers before stepping on to or crossing a road
• Cross only at controlled intersections and crosswalks
• Avoid mid-block crossing (jay-walking), although not illegal, it is dangerous
• Wear lighter colored or reflective clothing
• Avoid rushing into or crossing the street between vehicles, where the drivers view of you could be limited
• Do not rush on to the street for transit, taxis or ride-sharing services
• Know your limitations, do not take chances
• Be alert at intersections and watch for turning vehicles
• Ensure you have enough time to cross a street
• Avoid crossing the street while using handheld devices or devices that restrict hearing

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Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Superintendent Scott Baptist, Traffic Services