The “STEP UP and BE SAFE” pedestrian campaign which began on Monday concludes on Sunday, November 12.
November, the month that daylight savings time is introduced, has traditionally been the month when pedestrians are involved in the most collisions. With that in mind, Toronto Police Service vow to continue to be diligent and promote education initiatives and associated enforcement strategies to enhance pedestrian safety within our communities.
Collision analysis has shown that pedestrian fatalities represent approximately 60% of yearly traffic fatalities in Toronto. A total of 28 pedestrians have lost their lives this year. This represents over 57% of the total of all traffic fatalities in Toronto so far this year. Seniors, in particular, are among the most vulnerable sector of road-users. To date, there have been 13 senior pedestrian fatalities representing 46% of pedestrian fatalities in 2017.
All police officers and Parking Enforcement Officers will be paying particular attention to those motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians who commit offences in the vicinity of pedestrian crossovers, crosswalks, intersections, school zones (particularly primary schools) and crossing areas frequented by seniors. Pedestrians are encouraged to avoid using distracting electronic devices when about to interact with vehicular traffic. – CINEWS