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A PEDESTRIAN SAFETY MESSAGE FROM TPS 53 DIVISION

30 Nov 2019 12:41 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

53 Division Communities,

BE AWARE BE SAFE

There has been much media about the increase of nearly daily pedestrian accidents within the City of Toronto.

We, the Police, take traffic safety very seriously as one of our service priorities ! Efforts are made daily with traffic enforcement, educational initiatives, school lectures, along with Social Media to help improve this significant issue.

Despite those efforts, people continue to dart out into traffic mid block ! This means they cross the street in random places without the use of a traffic light, or other controlled intersection ! Sadly, more & more of these people are getting struck by vehicles.

There is no doubt that drivers have to slow down, drive more carefully & pay attention instead of driving distracted , which is a huge issue of its own, however despite who’s right or wrong between human & vehicle, the vehicle usually wins, resulting in serious bodily injury or worse.

PLEASE help us get the message out there that in order to be safe, pedestrians MUST use a controlled crossing like a traffic light, stop sign, or crosswalk PLUS check to make sure the approaching drivers are aware of them BEFORE they cross the street !

Be aware, be safe !

Thank you

Timothy Somers

Police Constable #90023

Toronto Police Service

53 Division

Community Response Unit

Crime Prevention and Disorder Management Officer

Office - 416-808-5337

Mobile – 416-473-6314


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