It doesn’t appear all pedestrians are doing whatever they can to stay safe on city streets.
A new State Farm Canada survey finds 4 in 10 people admit to using their smartphones while walking. It may not seem like risky behaviour on its own but when you combine that with wearing headphones to listen to music (45%) and jaywalking (70%), it can be a deadly combination.
The days after a time change can also increase the likelihood of a pedestrian being injured. Not only are pedestrians, motorists and cyclists having to deal with an adjusted sleep schedule but dusk arrives sooner, meaning there is less daylight during the busier afternoon rush hours.
Clocks will “fall back” an hour this weekend.
“Pedestrian injuries and deaths are preventable and both drivers and pedestrians have a role to play in ensuring safety. Research and experience tells us that roads are more dangerous in the days after the clocks change. Having drivers and pedestrians being patient, focused and obeying the rules of the road are essential in making sure that you and others around you get to your destinations safely.” – John Bordignon, Media Relations, State Farm Canada.
According to recently published stats collected by the Globe and Mail, a pedestrian is struck in Toronto every 4 hours, and someone dies of their injuries every 10 days.