Protection needed for pedestrians, says crosswalk safety advocates

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The Canadian Press-Safety activists are calling for improvements to outdated crosswalks in Nova Scotia after a study showed pedestrian-motorist collisions have climbed over five years.


The DalTRAC laboratory at Dalhousie University in Halifax recently released a five-year study looking at trends between 2007 and 2011.

It found that the annual toll of pedestrians being struck had climbed steadily from 326 to 379 over the five years, and that in 46 per cent of cases the pedestrians had the right of way.

Police say they're concerned about a spike in pedestrians being hit, with 25 people struck in metro Halifax by Christmas Eve.

Meanwhile, police in Toronto say December saw a 10 year high in pedestrian fatalities, with 39 people killed by Christmas.

Halifax safety advocate Norm Collins says pedestrians have to take precautions, and enforcement should be stepped up.

But he also says a lot of the intersections are out of date and some have obstructions that block the view of oncoming drivers.

The city's manager of traffic says engineers need better data, and there are plans to update some crossings installed decades ago.

Organizations: DalTRAC laboratory, Dalhousie University

Geographic location: Halifax, Toronto

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