“Pedestrian injury collisions are consistently the highest during the month of November,” says Tony Churchill, Leader of Traffic Safety. “This is due to factors such as increased hours of darkness, late morning and early evening sun glare, and the time change.”
The City of Calgary, Calgary Police Service, Alberta Health Services, the Alberta Motor Association and other traffic safety partners work together to reduce the number and severity of pedestrian collisions.
Through education, enforcement and engineering strategies, these partners are striving to improve intersection safety in Calgary.
One way is through The City’s ‘Look out for each other’ safety campaign which reminds citizens that safety on Calgary’s streets is the shared responsibility of all users of our roadways.
Tips for people driving:
- Never drive distracted - put away cell phones and other distractions
- Stop for all pedestrians crossing in a crosswalk – it’s the law.
- Ensure proper visibility of your vehicle. Make sure your windshield and headlights are clean and don’t obstruct your view.
- Drive at a safe speed and be aware of pedestrian activity around you.
- Never pass a vehicle at a crosswalk.
- Make eye contact with people crossing the roadway.
- Unplug headphones when crossing the street.
- Hang up your cell phone until you are out of the intersection.
- Look up and make eye contact with the approaching driver and make sure the driver sees you.
- Peak around stopped cars while crossing intersections to ensure other vehicles aren’t coming.
Visit calgary.ca/trafficsafety to learn more about the Calgary Safer Mobility Plan.