Traffic safety continues to be identified as a Service priority with an increased focus on pedestrian safety, especially seniors.
The “STEP UP and Be Safe” pedestrian safety campaign will begin on Monday, November 2, 2015 and will run until Sunday, November 8, 2015. The Service will continue to be diligent with education and associated enforcement strategies to enhance pedestrian safety within our communities. November, the month that Daylight Savings Time is introduced, has traditionally been the month when pedestrians are involved in the most collisions.
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 interacting with vehicular traffic.
Collision analysis has shown that pedestrian fatalities represent approximately 60% of yearly traffic fatalities in Toronto. Thirty pedestrians have lost their lives this year. This represents over 56% of the total of all traffic fatalities in Toronto from January 2015 to date. Seniors, in particular, are among the most vulnerable sector of road-users. To date there have been 17 senior pedestrian fatalities, representing 56% of pedestrian fatalities.