Canada Welcome to the most dangerous time to be a pedestrian in Toronto

21:35  10 october  2017
21:35  10 october  2017 Source:   Metro News

Toronto woman, 28, charged in fatal sidewalk hit-and-run

  Toronto woman, 28, charged in fatal sidewalk hit-and-run A woman has been arrested in connection with a fatal hit-and-run in North York. Erin Wright, 28, of Toronto, has been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death, failure to stop at the scene of an accident causing death and obstructing police.

As the days get longer, the risk tapers off slowly, or gets pushed back an hour or two, as you can see in this chart of pedestrian risk over time . Created by datavisualization expert John Nelson, these…Read more Read more .

Toronto police Const. Clint Stibbe said many of the pedestrian collisions Thursday occurred during the morning rush hour. Shafique Malick, a driving instructor in Toronto for more than two decades, said rush hour poses another risk as well: “Look at the timing , 7:30 to 8:30.

Pedestrians cross a street at night in downtown Toronto on Oct. 5.: Welcome to the most dangerous time to be a pedestrian in Toronto © Eduardo Lima Welcome to the most dangerous time to be a pedestrian in Toronto

October marks the beginning of the darkest period of the year for Toronto’s pedestrians, according to a Metro analysis — and this year’s death count is putting road safety back in the spotlight at city hall.

Among the dead so far this month: a 24-year-old York University student hit near campus, a 63-year-old woman killed in a North York hit-and-run and a 21-year-old woman hit while hailing a cab on Yonge near Lawrence. Among the injured: a child struck while reportedly stepping off a streetcar at Danforth and Main, as well as a woman hit by a bus at Danforth and Eglinton.

One dead after freight train strikes pedestrian in Lakeshore

  One dead after freight train strikes pedestrian in Lakeshore One dead after freight train strikes pedestrian in Lakeshore.The person was struck by a Canadian Pacific Railway train between Renaud Line and Patillo Road in Lakeshore at around 6:30 p.m. The train came to a stop. Renaud Line was closed by police between Rosewood Drive and County Road 42 as they continued their investigation into the night.

Photo. A pedestrian bolts across Semoran Boulevard in Orlando, Fla. Credit Chip Litherland for The New York Times . A survey showed the metropolitan area as the most dangerous for pedestrians in the United States.

“It’s well established that November and early December are especially dangerous for pedestrians ,” said Dylan Reid, a pedestrian safety advocate and co-founder of Walk Toronto . Most of the pedestrians hit during this time are obeying the laws.”

For the past two years, October, November and December have accounted for over a third of all serious pedestrian crashes, according to Toronto Police data.

Last year, a total of 57 pedestrians were seriously injured or killed between October and December, compared to 110 over the first three quarters of the year.

In 2015, even more — 62 — were seriously injured or killed between October and December, compared to 91 in the first three quarters of the year.

Road-safety advocates say better lighting is one way to deal with the annual spike as drivers deal with shorter days, facing standard rush-hour volume at dusk.

Coun. Jaye Robinson, who is spearheading the city’s $80.3-million road-safety overhaul, called autumn “the most challenging time of year.”

Pedestrian, 22, was wearing earbuds when fatally struck by south Edmonton LRT, say police

  Pedestrian, 22, was wearing earbuds when fatally struck by south Edmonton LRT, say police A pedestrian is dead following a collision with an LRT train, Edmonton police said.A 22-year-old pedestrian was wearing earbuds when he was fatally struck by an LRT train Friday, said city police.

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The road-safety plan includes measures to deal with the season’s shorter days, such as reviewing street lights, making pedestrian crossings more visible and lowering speed limits.

Recent crashes prompted calls to fast-track the plan, rolling it out over two years instead of five. A report on what that would entail is expected in November.

But the plan itself remains too weak to force real change, said Maureen Coyle, a member of Walk Toronto. She and other advocates want more than tweaks to existing infrastructure and want more dedicated money flowing out of city hall to make changes happen.

One fix that could come sooner rather than later: addressing speed.

Ontario’s Safer School Zones Act, passed this year, is expected to give cities the power to lower default speed limits by the summer of 2018, Ministry of Transportation spokesperson Bob Nichols wrote in an email to Metro. The speed limit is currently 50 km/h in urban areas unless marked otherwise.

Lower speeds would be a solid step in the right direction, said lawyer and safe-streets advocate Albert Koehl.

“Our children and our loved ones can’t wait 10 years for that road design to be put in place,” Koehl said, referencing the city’s road-safety plan. “Speed is one of those factors we keep coming back to because we can control it.”

Pedestrians killed on Toronto's streets:

2017 so far: 28

2016: 43

Source: Toronto Police. (Numbers don't include people hit on private property.)

Windsor police look for 'armed and dangerous' man after pharmacy robbery .
Windsor police are on the hunt for an “armed and dangerous” robber who held up a pharmacy with a long gun. Officers responded to a panic alarm at a pharmacy in the 4900 block of Wyandotte Street East around 12 p.m. Friday. Windsor police are looking for a masked man who robbed a pharmacy Oct. 6 with a long gun.Police said a man approached the pharmacy counter and demanded narcotics. His face was covered and he had long gun.After pharmacy employees handed over some drugs, the man got into a truck and headed west. Police said he was driving a grey Ford F-150 with Ontario plates.

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