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).
- In 2016, 34.2 per cent of pedestrians involved in fatal collisions had consumed alcohol.
- The likeliest time for these collisions was between 3 - 7 p.m., and more casualty collisions occurred on Friday than any other day (2016).
- 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.
- Be alert at intersections and always look out for danger when crossing the street.
- Make eye contact with drivers before you cross the street.
- Be visible. Wear brightly coloured or reflective clothing especially 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.