Both drivers and pedestrians are responsible for safety. Pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks, but also have the responsibility to cross safely.


PEDESTRIAN SAFETY FACTS

  • Between 2012 and 2016, on average, 45 pedestrians were killed and 1,181 were injured each year.
  • The majority of pedestrian casualty collisions (95.4 per cent) occurred in urban areas in 2016.
  • Half of the drivers (49.8 per cent) involved in pedestrian casualty collisions failed to yield the right of way to the pedestrian (2016).
  • A quarter (26.4 per cent) of pedestrians involved in fatal collisions were legally impaired (2016).
  • The likeliest time for these collisions was between 3 - 7 p.m., and more casualty collisions occurred on Friday than any other day (2016).

TIPS FOR DRIVERS

  • When approaching an intersection or crosswalk be alert for pedestrians.
  • Watch for vehicles stopped or slowing in the lane next to yours. They may be yielding to a pedestrian.
  • Failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk carries a fine of $776 plus four demerit points.
  • Stay alert and slow down on residential streets, and through school and playground zones.

TIPS FOR PEDESTRIANS

  • Be alert at intersections and always look out for danger when crossing the street.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before you cross the street.
  • Wearing brightly coloured or reflective clothing can help make you more visible when walking in low light or poor weather conditions.
  • Abide by traffic signs and signals. They are in place for your safety.
  • If you are impaired, seek assistance and alternative transportation.

LEARN MORE

Find out more about Intersection Rules.

Follow the link to learn about Crosswalks.

Read about tips to increase your Visibility as a pedestrian.