Nov 02, 2015
By Jane Brown
The end of daylight saving time brings a renewed focus on pedestrian safety, especially for seniors.
Toronto Police are beginning a new campaign called STEP UP and Be Safe, which continues until Sunday November 8th.
Thirty people have been killed while walking Toronto’s streets this year, 17 of those were 65 or older.
Constable Clint Stibbe told Zoomer Radio’s Goldhawk Fights Back, it’s not just motorists who need to exercise caution, pedestrians need to be responsible for their personal safety as well.
“Unfortunately the causes of collisions really boil down to error, whether it’s pedestrian or driver,” Stibbe explained, “A lot of individuals always think it’s the car’s fault and it’s not. Generally in an intersection related event, yes, in most cases the car’s at fault, or the operator of the vehicle is at fault. In a mid-block crossing situation, in most cases, it’s the pedestrian.”
Collision analysis by Toronto Police shows pedestrian fatalities represent approximately 60 percent of yearly traffic deaths.
Watch the new Public Safety Awareness video by Toronto Police.