Halifax police tackle crosswalk collisions; say safety is a shared responsibility
Just a day after police in Halifax tried a new approach to pedestrian safety, there has been another collision in a city crosswalk.
A 33-year-old woman was taken to hospital with minor injuries Wednesday morning after being struck by a car while crossing in a marked crosswalk.
Police say they believe weather played a role in the incident.
“The vehicle that was coming along Lacewood wasn't able to stop in time for her as she was crossing,” says Sgt. Dave Reynolds of the Halifax Regional Police.
In response to recent concerns over pedestrian safety, police and RCMP joined forces on Tuesday, using their safety mascots – a dog and a bear – to help raise awareness on city streets.
“There were no tickets issued yesterday. A few drivers were spoken to and it was an opportunity for us to provide some education to those drivers,” says Reynolds.
The Halifax Regional Municipality started running radio ads promoting crosswalk safety a few days ago and the ads will continue to run until the end of the month.
“To be aware of what's going on around them, make some eye contact before they make that crossing and for drivers to keep an eye out for them as well,” says Janet Bryson of the Halifax Regional Municipality.
The city has also formed a crosswalk safety advisory committee made up of staff, residents and other interested parties. The committee is currently gathering information and will prepare a report early in the new year.
“For advice on anything from enforcement and education, maybe different traffic control measures as it relates to crosswalks,” says Bryson.
There have been nearly 80 collisions between vehicles and pedestrians in the Halifax area this year and police say the fault is shared.
“There's fault on the part of the driver, of course, who fails to yield to a pedestrian who's legally in a crosswalk and has the right to cross, but there's also fault on the pedestrian too, by making an assumption that they're in a crosswalk, whether marked or unmarked, and they have a right to cross and they're going to cross no matter what,” says Reynolds.
Police say both pedestrians and motorists need to watch out for each other and safely share the roads.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Jacqueline Foster