Pedestrian hits finally getting notice
Last autumn I wrote an article, http://my.nowpublic.com/health/dont-go-take-walk-saskatoon in which I listed the many pedestrians injured or killed by motorists that summer in Saskatoon. This spring the carnage resumed. Finally an article in our local newspaper, the Star Phoenix, declares that our local officials are taking notice and making an effort to curb the slaughter.
I cannot paste the article here, as it's copywrite of The Star-Phoenix newspaper, so I hope that the news article is available without login. It appears to be.
In the article local ambulance operators are quoted as saying the incidence of vehicle-pedestrian collisions is averaging as one every four days. The police chief points out that this is a higher rate than any criminal activity injuries.
The plan aims to increase public awareness of driving safety, pedestrian safety, and general public education using traditional advertising venues. I hope it works.
Just yesterday my husband waited in growling rush-hour traffic at a green light while a whole troupe of related persons ambled casually across in front of him and the other 3 lanes of hot and flustered commuters, defying the red light or any sense of responsibility or community in so doing, children in tow. Certainly it is not only the drivers to blame.
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Saskatoon, Saskatoon, Canada