Walking across the street may seem like an everyday task but with the recent fatality of a pedestrian, an 18-year-old male from Whitby, Durham Regional Police want to remind drivers and pedestrians to be alert at all times. Half of all traffic fatalities involve pedestrians so it is important to practice safe walking and driving habits.
Pedestrians should look both ways and cross at the beginning of a green light: never on a red light. Make sure to be seen by motorists by wearing bright or light coloured clothing, especially when walking at night. If possible make eye contact with drivers before crossing to make sure that they see you. Be aware of traffic turning at intersections and entering or leaving driveways.
Motorists should slow down in residential areas and school zones: children often dart out into traffic. When children and the elderly are crossing, motorists should be patient. It is important for drivers to check mirrors and blind spots on a regular basis to keep aware of the surroundings.
More than 2,300 pedestrians in Toronto are injured every year in traffic collisions. DRPS wants to encourage pedestrians and drivers to take extra precaution to make sure you arrive at your destination safely!
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