Stepping Up Pedestrian Safety

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 6 a.m. November 3, 2014

With an increase in pedestrian movement during November, police will be paying close attention to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians who commit offences near pedestrian crossovers, intersections, school zones and crossing areas frequented by seniors.

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Pedestrians crossing at busy intersection downtown

The Step up and Be Safe campaign will run from November 3-9.

Constable Clint Stibbe, of Traffic Services, said police and parking enforcement officers will be involved in the one-week exercise aimed to combat a spike in pedestrian fatalities.

“Every year, we see the same thing over and over,” said Stibbe. “That is usually tied in with the change in daylight saving time and drivers not being aware of the increased presence of pedestrians. We want drivers to pay more attention to their surroundings and be more aware of pedestrian crossings, whether they may be at mid-block or at a marked intersection. We need everybody to do their part to make the roads safe.”

The goal of the Toronto Police Service is to make sure everyone – whether you are a pedestrian, cyclist or driver – commute safely on a daily basis

Collision statistical analysis has shown that pedestrian fatalities consistently represent nearly 60 per cent of yearly traffic deaths in Toronto. So far this year, 23 pedestrians have been killed which represents over 66 per cent of the total of all traffic fatalities in the city from January 1, 2014 to date. There have been nine senior pedestrian fatalities representing 39 per cent of pedestrian fatalities.

“The goal of the Toronto Police Service is to make sure everyone – whether you are a pedestrian, cyclist or driver – commute safely on a daily basis,” added Stibbe.

For their own safety, Stibbe is also encouraging pedestrians to avoid using distracting electronic devices when entering an intersection.

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