Our traffic safety focus for the month of October is Pedestrian Safety.
Most pedestrian collisions happen during the morning rush hour period increasing through the afternoon and peaking in the evening rush hour, when both drivers and pedestrians are rushing to get home.
Reduce your speed when approaching busy intersections and look for pedestrians. Remember, seasonal changes in daylight during October and November and weather conditions can make seeing pedestrians more difficult.
Pedestrian safety facts:
- Between 2013 and 2017, an average of 43 pedestrians were killed and 1,166 were injured each year.
- 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)
- 15.4% of pedestrians involved in fatal collisions were legally impaired (2017).
- The likeliest time for pedestrian casualty collisions to occur was between 3-7pm, and more occurred on Tuesday than any other day (2017).
Be Aware. Share the Road
Starting May 31, 2021 the default unposted 40 km/h speed limit comes into effect. This change will affect the speed limit on both residential and collector roads in neighbourhoods, but there will be no changes to speed limits on higher classification roads (e.g. Deerfoot Trail, Bow Trail, Anderson Road, Memorial Drive) or playground zones.