Don't go take a walk in Saskatoon!
There's been a rash of pedestrians hit by autos in Saskatoon this year. Rapid economic and population growth has resulted in an overloaded infrastructure. Attempts to upgrade this infrastructure have closed down significant portions of roads, making matters yet worse. Police are overburdened trying to cope with all of the aspects of law enforcement from domestic incidents to traffic enforcement to internet crime enforcement. There just aren't enough of them or enough budgeted resources to go round. So traffic enforcement, being that of "ordinary citizens" is the one that falls by the wayside. How often does a speeder or a guy who runs a yellow-red light say to the ticket issuing officer "hey, don't you have any real criminals to catch?" Well they do, and in thi scity the traffic rules are so laxly enforced that traffic regularily goes 25% or more faster than the posted speed limit. Drivers who are law abiding face serious intimidation from other drivers and must resort to slower side streets, although even these are being invaded by harried commuters.
It used to be that a pedestrian could presume that he had right of way even if he was jay walking. While one should cross at logical points and pay mind to the traffic, neverthleess, drivers should still give a damn if you're there and more so, care enough to stop and try to help you out after they hit you! However, these days people in our fair city seem to have a certain madness. They jostle for position like children in an icecream line. As though letting someone change lanes or get ahead of them in another lane will mean missing out on some prize at the end of the road.
From the saskatoon police service's press release site I offer the basic list of events and dates dating from autumn of this year.
UPDATE: December 4th and I awaken to yet another story of hit and run, this time only three blocks from my home. A tow operator was working on his truck when a large sedan side swiped him and drove off without stopping, yesterday morning. I will add it to the list below. Again, same source as linked below.
UPDATE December 7th This time the listing is about erratic driving but buried in the police press release it mentions the hit and run:
Date: December 7, 2008, 1:06 AM
Released By: Sgt. Keith Briant
Subject: Erratic Driving
At, 6:30 P.M, Police detected a vehicle driving erratically at Whitney and 22nd, St, when police got the vehicle stopped the operator of the vehicle fled the scene leaving three passengers in the vehicle. K-9 was able to successfully track the runaway operator to his residence, which led to the arrest of a 23 year old male for an earlier Hit & Run at the Confederation Mall, as well as an impaired driving charge, and obstruction. The operator will be held in custody and released when sober.
- Erratic Driving December 7, 2008, 1:06 AM
- Car/Pedestrian Hit And Run December 3, 2008, 12:58 PM
- Vehicle/Pedestrian Collision December 2, 2008, 3:39 PM
- Vehicle Pedestrian Collisions December 2, 2008, 2:46 PM
Two in one night
- Car Pedestrian-Hit And Run November 30, 2008, 2:49 PM
- Car Pedestrian - Hit And Run November 30, 2008, 5:10 AM
again, two in one night
- Vehicle Pedestrian Accident November 30, 2008, 4:55 AM
- Vehicle/Pedestrian Collision November 17, 2008, 1:38 PM
- Motor Vehicle Pedestrian Accident November 15, 2008, 10:56 AM
- Car Vs Pedestrian Collision November 1, 2008, 2:07 AM
- Pedestrian MVA October 31, 2008, 8:12 PM
- Car/Pedestrian Collision September 24, 2008, 10:46 AM
11 pedestrians hit since last September, 7 of them since the start of november. Two of them hit and run accidents. There was also a hit and run accident last Summer.