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October STEP – Focus on Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrian collisions tend to increase during the fall season, as the hours of daylight decrease and pedestrian visibility is reduced. These collisions are also most likely to happen during the afternoon rush hour (between 3:00 and 7:00 pm), when people are rushing to get home. We encourage drivers and pedestrians to always watch for each other.

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).
Tips for drivers:
  • 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.
Tips for pedestrians:
  • 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.

Media Contact:

Sgt Gerald Sadlemyer
Traffic Unit
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8471