Pedestrian fatalities prompt OPP to seek public awareness

Posted on: December 6, 2016

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has investigated an alarming number of pedestrian fatalities in 2016.

Already 30 pedestrians have lost their lives on OPP patrolled roadways this year. This is 66% higher than the same period in 2015, when 18 pedestrians were killed.

Over this same time period, officers in East Region investigated 16 motor vehicle collisions that involved pedestrian fatalities. As of December 6, 2016, OPP have investigated 8 pedestrian fatalities which matches the total of pedestrian fatalities in 2015.

A reminder, that with winter upon us, there are not only reduced daylight hours, but the weather and road conditions can change in an instant which can present challenges to even the most experienced driver.

As a driver of a motor vehicle, there is an obligation to remain alert, focus on the road, avoid distractions, watch for pedestrians and always be prepared to stop.

If you find yourself involved in a motor vehicle collision you are encouraged to remain with your vehicle.  If you do need to exit your vehicle, be certain it is safe to do so, be vigilant of the surroundings you are in and mindful of oncoming or passing vehicles.

As a pedestrian, it is imperative that you are aware of your surroundings, don’t become distracted and do not ever assume a driver sees you, even if you can see them.  If you are on the roadways during dusk, darkness or are in adverse weather conditions ensure you are visible by dressing with reflective or light coloured clothing, listen, watch for approaching traffic and stay on sidewalks or well onto the shoulder of the road.

Go to http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/ for additional safety tips.

“The OPP strives for safe highways and communities and whether you’re driving or walking, safety is everyone’s responsibility”, advises Traffic Inspector Paul Bedard.