Dec 08, 2016
By Jane Brown
Toronto’s mayor is preparing to fast track various road safety measures after an emergency meeting was held yesterday to discuss the alarming number of fatalities on the city streets.
John Tory revealed that 85 percent of this year’s fatalities are people 55 and older, collisions that are happening in every neighbourhood.
“We’ve done a huge amount this year, changing speed limits, changing signal times for people to cross the street, taking a little longer for seniors. This is a real crisis as it affects seniors, but there is more we can do. We’re going to designate more zones as senior safety zones, take special arrangements there to make sure that people are kept safe. But most of all, it’s going to be people deciding on their own, they’re going to pay more attention on all sides of this and make sure they keep themselves and keep their fellow citizens safe,” Tory explained.
News of the emergency meeting on Wednesday comes a day after Toronto Police saw a sharp increase in pedestrians struck by vehicles, 22 in all. One of them was an elderly woman who was killed.
A joint statement from Mayor Tory and Infrastructure Committee Chair Jaye Robinson says the measures follow various initiatives implemented since Toronto’s road safety plan was approved in July.