Since the beginning of the year, 12 pedestrians have lost their lives on our roads, compared to 9 in the same period last year.
In 2011, there were 37 fatal collisions in Montréal, and 76% of them were at intersections.
Among the main causes listed for these collisions are the following:
• 15 were caused by drivers who did not yield the right of way
• 10 were caused by people who did not obey traffic lights
• 4 were caused by pedestrians crossing outside the intersection
In addition, in November 2011, 5 pedestrians age 70 or over were killed.
In fact, 47% of victims of fatal collisions in 2011 were pedestrians. Once again, pedestrians age 65 and over were at greatest risk, at 12 of the 18 victims or 67%. In 2011, 61% of the pedestrians who died in accidents had contravened the Highway Safety Code.
The vulnerability of pedestrians is at the heart of our daily concerns.
The general campaign for active transportation runs from April 30 to November 25, 2012, and addresses pedestrians as well as cyclists and drivers. Everyone is urged to pay attention on the road and to obey traffic signs, regulations and right of way.
To find out more
News release – Pedestrian and cyclist safety – an SPVM priority
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