Texting, talking on the phone and listening to music while walking pose a risk to your safety, especially when crossing the street.
Canadian reports have shown that between 2004 and 2008, 60% of pedestrian fatalities resulted from the pedestrian being fatally injured at night or in dim light conditions when drivers did not see them (Transport Canada, 2011).
As drivers continue to take risks such as distracted driving, pedestrians need to be extra vigilant in the safety measures they take. Always look before you walk, even if you have the right of way.
Pedestrian injury is a leading cause of injury-related death to Canadian children (Safe Kids Canada, 2008).
It’s up to drivers and pedestrians to keep everyone safe on the roads. As a pedestrian, do your part. Walk only when you’re supposed to.
Pedestrian Safety Tips:
- Cross the street in marked crosswalks or at traffic lights.
- Drivers may not see you in time if you cross in the middle of street especially if you step out from between parked cars.
- Do not assume drivers see you, make eye contact before you step in front of them. Remember that just because one driver lets you cross it does not guarantee that the other drivers in the intersection have seen you start to walk across the street.
- If out for a walk or run, consider wearing bright and/or reflective clothing, especially at dusk or dark.
- In the worst weather (especially our Canadian winters), as a pedestrian you need to pay attention to the drivers. Drivers do not have the same stopping capabilities as they do on the clear summer streets, so stay on the curb until drivers have been able to safely stop for you.
Show your children how to cross a road safely. Teach them to:
- Stay to the side of the road, walking as far away from traffic as they safely can
- Stop at the edge of the sidewalk, and look both ways before crossing the road even on one way streets
- Take extra care on roadways that have no curbs
- Watch out for blind corners (for example, a car coming out of an alley may not see a child pedestrian about to cross).
See the Ontario Ministry of Transportation website for more information. http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/pedestrian-safety.shtml#q9