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  Pedestrian Safety is Everyone's Responsibility

Nov 08, 2016 08:41 ET

As the days get shorter Durham Region's pedestrian related collision rates get higher. To promote pedestrian safety, the DRPS, in partnership with GO Transit and the Region of Durham Traffic Department launched the "Do the Bright Thing" campaign.

On Monday, November 7 officers handed out LED lights to citizens getting on the GO Transit trains at the Ajax GO Station. They will also spoke to citizens about how both pedestrians and motorists can make it safer for pedestrians on our roadways.

The aim of the campaign is to promote and reinforce pedestrian safety, including urging pedestrians to wear reflective clothing, refrain from texting or talking on their cell phone while crossing roadways, and to use caution when crossing the street.

Durham Region in 2015 had 170 traffic collisions involving a pedestrian, 51 of them occurred between the months of September and November. So far in 2016 35 collisions involving a pedestrian have occurred since September. 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 poop weather.
* Be predictable. Use crosswalks and intersections. Never jaywalk.
* Heads up at intersections. Don't start to cross on the flashing hand or countdown signal. Finish crossing quickly if you've 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 aren't always timed to traffic lights.

Below are attached files.
Cst. Rayne hands out reflective gear to citizens at the Ajax GO station (JPG file, 302.8K bytes)
Do the Bright Thing (JPG file, 145.2K bytes)
Traffic Unit Spearheaded This Initative (JPG file, 1,623.1K bytes)
GO Transit Safety Officer Handing Out Reflective Zipper Pull (JPG file, 982.6K bytes)
S/Sgt Courneyea Speaks about Pedestrian Safety (JPG file, 1,120.9K bytes)