The dangers of being a pedestrian in Toronto

Toronto Police has released a list of the 10 most dangerous intersections in Toronto with pedestrians involved in collisions. Scarborough made the list with two locations: Birchmount Road/ Sheppard Avenue East and McCowan Road/ Sheppard Avenue East.

Although East Scarborough residence didn’t make the top 10, these are still nearby locations to watch out for.

“I’ve been almost hit and killed on more then one occasion,” said Elena Tsitsiludis. “Most of the time I am trying to cross the street, and a vehicle doesn’t stop while trying to make a right-on-red although I have the right-of-way.”

According to a report released in 2008, Markham Road has had the most collisions involving pedestrians, with clusters or incidences at: Eglinton Avenue East, Lawrence Avenue East, and Ellesmere Road.  The one fatality in the community took place on Markham Road just north of Finch Avenue East.

“There is no one factor for the cause of any accident,” said Jim Smith of the City of Toronto Traffic Services. “A person can be impaired, or a driver can be impaired. There can be various weather related conditions, or road conditions. It can even be as simple as whether it is day or night.”

The city’s stats are based on motor vehicle collision reports obtained from the Toronto Police service. Last year there were 1,914 reported pedestrians’ injuries, 27 of which were fatal.

In Toronto a pedestrian is injured on average every 3.93 hours, and one is killed every 6.4 days.

Download the 2008 City of Toronto Traffic and Safety Summary Data:

2008 Personal Injury and Fatal Collision Summary Leaflet
2008 Pedestrian Collision Summary Leaflet

2008 Cyclist Collision Summary Leaflet

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