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, the casualty rates per 10,000 populations were highest for pedestrians between the ages of 15 to 19. However, 84 per cent of pedestrians killed were 20 and older.
  • 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).

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.

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.
  • 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.

Learn how to stay visible when walking.

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