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As the summer comes to a close and you make plans for Labour Day Weekend, it’s important to remember the importance of safe driving, walking and cycling. Safe commuting is of course important all year round, but even more so during the summer and on long weekends when more children will be out in residential areas and there is more traffic on the highways heading into Cottage Country- and let’s not forget the bright sun and thunderstorms.
With the release of the Pokémon GO application earlier this summer, there have been more incidents of “distracted walking” due to the requirement for those playing to walk around in order to “catch” Pokémon. This means drivers have to pay more attention at crosswalks and intersections while turning and proceeding through green lights in the event that pedestrians are looking down at their phones. But, some drivers have been playing the game while driving too, causing serious harm to others and putting other drivers and road users at risk. In California, lawmakers would like to see the existing ban on texting/using handheld devices while driving include, among other things, playing Pokémon GO. Several accidents in Japan were linked to drivers playing Pokémon GO, including a fatal accident with a cyclist. Earlier this month, York Regional Police tracked a car by helicopter where the driver was driving erratically as a result of playing the game.
So how can you practice safe driving this long-weekend?
ONE - Put your phone away!
TWO - Don’t eat and drive!
THREE - Save the primping for home
FOUR - Wear Sunglasses!
FIVE - Know your route
SIX - Be on the lookout for pedestrians
SEVEN - Be prepared for rain
What about distracted pedestrians?
The City of Toronto considered banning texting and walking, and actually has the power to do so, but has not done so to date. Road safety is a shared responsibility of ALL road users, including pedestrians. While many collisions are the result of driver errors (two-thirds), the June 2015 Toronto Public Health Report found that 19% occurred where the pedestrian did not have the right of way. Constable Clint Stibbe of the Toronto police commented that police have the challenge of making pedestrians understand the risks of texting and walking. Toronto Police released a Youtube video in October 2015 warning that pedestrians are at fault just as often as drivers.*
In Germany, there was such concern that they installed traffic lights in the sidewalk facing up at pedestrians.
If you’re a pedestrian, don’t be a pedextrian:
ONE - Put the phone away!
TWO - Pay attention to your surroundings
THREE - See and be seen
The lawyers at Aaron Waxman and Associates have helped many clients who have been seriously injured as a result of car accidents. We have helped injured drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. We handle motor vehicle accident claims including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and catastrophic injuries. We offer a free initial consultation that can be arranged at a time that is convenient for you.
*Information courtesy of https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2016/07/15/province-says-toronto-can-ban-texting-while-walking.html
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