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Warning for pedestrians as time change makes for darker evenings

CityNews | posted Monday, Nov 2nd, 2015

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The switch back to Standard Time means it will be darker during the evening commute, and that has police concerned for the safety of pedestrians.

On Monday, Toronto police are launching “Step Up and Be Safe” pedestrian safety campaign, which runs until Sunday.

Police said they’ll be paying particular attention to crosswalks, school zones, intersections, and crossing areas frequented by seniors.

So far this year, 30 pedestrians have been killed on city streets, comprising more than 56 per cent of the total traffic deaths in the city in all of 2015.

Out of that number, 17 of the fatalities, or more than half, have been seniors.

“Seniors, in particular, are among the most vulnerable sector of road-users,” police said in a release.

Police said pedestrian fatalities make around 60 per cent of traffic fatalities in the city each year.

Since there are shorter daylight hours, police are warning pedestrians and cyclists to make sure they are visible on the roads and sidewalks. They suggest wearing reflective clothing and to walk with a flashlight at night to ensure you are visible to motorists.

For drivers, it’s important that they avoid distractions and are aware of pedestrians and cyclists.

Watch a pedestrian safety awareness video below, or click here to view it.

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