As the days get shorter and the shadows lengthen, spotting pedestrians gets increasingly more difficult this time of year.
We want to remind motorists and pedestrians to watch out for each other on the roadways. Motorists need to slow down at intersections and take extra time to scan the surroundings for pedestrians. Pedestrians need to ensure they look at drivers in intersections - make eye contact to ensure the driver sees you - and don't take shortcuts!
In 2013, about one-third of all pedestrians struck in Durham Region were struck in September, October and November. So far in 2014, 27 collisions involving a pedestrian have occurred since September, including two fatal pedestrian traffic collisions. Seniors are a particularly vulnerable group and are more likely to be seriously injured or killed if struck.
The Durham Regional Police has some tips on staying safe during this fall:
* Cross with care. Make eye contact with drivers and wait until traffic has stopped before you cross
* Pay Attention. Avoid distractions such as texting
* Get noticed. Wear bright clothing and reflective gear, especially in low light or poor weather.
* Be predictable. Use crosswalks and intersections. Never jaywalk.
* Heads up at intersections. Dont start to cross on the flashing hand or countdown signal. Finish crossing quickly if youve already started.
* Be alert for pedestrians at all times, especially at intersections and crosswalks, and even more so in low light or poor weather
* Pay attention. Avoid distractions, do not text and drive
* See and Be Seen. Make eye contact with pedestrians
* Watch for vehicles slowing down around you. They may be yielding to a pedestrian
* Heads up at intersections. Follow traffic lights, not the flashing hand or countdown signal. Pedestrian signals arent always timed to traffic lights.
Night Time Driving Glare (JPG file, 302.5K bytes)