October STEP – Focus on Pedestrian Safety
Pedestrian safety facts:
- Between 2013 and 2017, an average of 43 pedestrians were killed and 1,166 were injured each year.
- In 2017, the highest number of pedestrian casualty collisions was in September.
- The vast majority (96.5%) of pedestrian casualty collisions occurred in urban areas (2017).
- Nearly half (47.3%) of drivers involved in pedestrian casualty collisions failed to yield the right of way to the pedestrian (2017).
- As you approach crosswalks or prepare to turn, watch for pedestrians and give them the right-of-way. Failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk carries a fine of $810 and four demerit points.
- Slow down on residential streets and in areas with high pedestrian traffic.
- Watch for vehicles in the next lane who may be stopped or slowing down, as they may be yielding to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
- Even when you have the right-of-way when crossing a street, be cautious and watch for drivers who may not see you.
- Cross streets at crosswalks, especially signaled ones whenever possible. Avoid jaywalking.
- At night or in low-light conditions, take extra caution to make sure drivers see you.
Sgt Gerald Sadlemyer
Medicine Hat Police Service