Be Alert, Be Seen

By Martin Blake, Toronto Police Service Published: 10:25 a.m. December 5, 2016
Updated: 10:40 a.m. December 5, 2016

While 14 per cent of the city’s population are seniors, this group accounts for 66 per cent of total pedestrian fatalities.

Pedestrians cross at an intersection as cars wait
Pedestrians crossing at busy intersection downtown
Be Alert and Be Seen

Concerned about the escalating road deaths involving seniors, Superintendent Gord Jones of Traffic Services said road safety is a shared responsibility for all road-users.

“These deaths are all preventable,” he said.

Jones reminded pedestrians to observe some safety rules when using city streets.

“Always be aware of your surroundings,” he said. “Cross at designated locations, look both ways and never assume that drivers can see you or are aware of your intent. The next time you cross the road, take a second to stop, look, listen and think. That second could save your life.”

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