Five pedestrian safety tips for crossing roads
A pedestrian is seen jay walking while talking on a cell phone in downtown Toronto, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012.
Published Thursday, November 1, 2012 5:20PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, November 1, 2012 6:06PM EDT
Two pedestrians were killed and three injured in separate collisions in Toronto and the GTA Thursday morning.
Here are some pedestrian safety tips from Toronto Police traffic services:
- Use a cross-walk: Always use a signalized and controlled intersection when trying to cross the roadway.
- Wear bright colours: Avoid wearing dark jackets, wearing bright colours means you’re visible no matter what time of day it is.
- Do not wear anything that reduces your vision or hearing ability: This includes iPods and putting up a hood or even wearing ear-muffs.
- Stop, look, listen and think: Follow those four steps before stepping onto the road. Even when you’re at a signalized or controlled intersection. Most importantly, make sure to make eye contact with the driver of a vehicle to ensure that they see you.
- Don’t assume the vehicle will be able to stop: In wet and slippery weather conditions a car might have difficulty stopping or could be experiencing mechanical problems. If the pedestrian has the right of way, don’t step onto the roadway until the car has come to a complete stop.