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Risk to pedestrians is high when crossing at roundabouts.

December 09, 2014, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

A young woman was recently struck on a rainy evening while trying to cross at a crosswalk in a roundabout. This has re-ignited the debate about the safety of roundabouts for pedestrians. Proponents of pedestrian safety are advocating for the crosswalks to be lit during night time hours in order to allow pedestrians to be more visible.  Drivers are continuing to struggle with the proper use of roundabouts while driving.

Pedestrian safety is of great concern to police and the public. The Ministry of Transportation has issued a safety fact sheet that I’ve copied from here.

As a pedestrian:

  • Cross at marked crosswalks or traffic lights, not in the middle of the block or between parked cars;
  • Make sure drivers see you before you cross;
  • Cross when traffic has come to a complete stop;
  • At a traffic light, cross at the beginning of a green light. Do not cross once the “Don't Walk” signal begins to flash or once the light has turned to yellow. Never cross on a red light;
  • Watch for traffic turning at intersections or entering and leaving driveways;
  • Wear bright or light-coloured clothing or reflective strips, when walking in dusk or darkness.

As a motorist:

  • Be patient, especially with older pedestrians who need more time to cross the road;
  • Always look for pedestrians, especially when turning;
  • Remember, stay alert and slow down on residential streets and through school zones.

Breaking the law can be costly. Fines for offences at pedestrian crossings, school crossings, and at crosswalks where there are traffic signals are $150 and 3 demerit points. All fines are double ($300) in Community Safety Zones near schools and public areas.

 

Posted under Car Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, Personal Injury, Spinal Cord Injury

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