March Safe During March Break

By Kevin Masterman, Toronto Police Service Published: 4:22 p.m. March 10, 2014

Officers are encouraging all road-users to take a second look to stay safe.

Pedestrians cross at an intersection as cars wait
Pedestrians crossing at busy intersection downtown

The March Break, March Safe pedestrian safety campaign (March 10 to 16) is designed to heighten public awareness of pedestrian safety through education and enforcement. Officers will be on the lookout for aggressive drivers, those not stopping at intersections and for transit vehicles.

“Taking that second look may save someone’s life and it could be your own,”  Traffic Services Constable Clint Stibbe said. “Everyone needs to ensure they’re not rushing to their destinations.”

Collision analysis has shown that, on average, 50-60% of all fatalities involve pedestrians. To date, 75 % of all fatalities reported this year have involved pedestrians. Last year, 40 pedestrians lost their lives, representing approximately 64% of all traffic fatalities in Toronto. 
Stibbe said cars making left turns at intersections, pedestrians crossing mid-block, and cars making right turns at intersections make up most of the pedestrian collisions so everyone has to be hyper-vigilant in these areas.

Better weather also concerns police as there are more people out and about and becoming more active outdoors.

Taking that second look may save someone’s life and it could be your own

“Now with weather changing, everyone is more active now,” Stibbe said. “They’re coming out of their homes and enjoying the fresh air.”

Stibbe said drivers should be aware at all times as there will be more kids at all times of the day during March Break.

But Stibbe said everyone has a role to play on the roads.

“We’ll be looking at cyclists to obey rules of road. When they approach those red lights they need to stop,” Stibbe said. “We need everyone to pay attention and respect each other.”

Pedestrians/transit-users tips: 

• Stop, look, listen and think before entering the roadway 

• Utilize crossings at controlled areas, intersections and crosswalks

• Make eye contact with drivers and other road-users 

• Wear reflective or bright clothing whenever possible 

• Never run into the street 

• Obey crossing signals and signs 


Safety tips during March Break: 

 A driver who is aware and alert may avoid potential hazards and other distractions 

General driving tips: 

 Scan to identify pedestrians and cyclists entering the road from curbs and driveways or when approaching intersections 

 Be ready for the unexpected. Avoid using distracting devices 

 Leave at least 2-3 seconds following distance between you and vehicles ahead 

 In fog, rain, snow or darkness, use your full headlight system 

 Remember, when conditions require you to use your windshield wipers, you should turn on your headlights as well 

 To avoid backing into or out of a parking space, pull straight through two stalls (where available) so you are parked with the nose of your vehicle facing out 

 Drive in travelled lanes only, avoid driving across or through parking spaces

 Use rear-view and outside mirrors often and check your speed frequently

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