Look up, look around especially when you are walking around the busy streets of Toronto!
I’ve met and talked with countless soldiers and law enforcement professionals over the years and I’ve noticed that they all have the same advice to these things. BE AWARE!!
Situational awareness is being aware of your surroundings, the place you’re at, the actions of others, especially furtive actions. In a world of increasing violence and crime being aware serves many purposes:
Protection– the oblivious is a favorite victim of criminals.
Warning– you’ll see danger before it starts so you can react accordingly to save your own life and/or others.
Information– you’ll able to accurately recall vital information in the case of a crime or threat to give police.
Here is a great article that I was reading in the paper last week. Please be safe out there and most of all be aware.
TORONTO — Six pedestrians, including a two-year-old child, were struck by vehicles in separate collisions in Toronto over the course of three hours Friday morning.
Toronto police Const. Clint Stibbe said the child didn’t suffer any serious injuries but said two other pedestrians may have life-threatening injuries.
“November is traditionally seen as the most dangerous month for pedestrians,” Stibbe said, noting police usually begin to see a rise in pedestrians being struck by vehicles in mid-September, peaking in November and dropping significantly in December, January and February.
The combination of inclement weather and darkness during rush hours contributes to the higher collision rate in November, he said.
“Visibility is somewhat compromised, especially during the morning and afternoon rush hours, because it is now dark,” Stibbe said. “You add the component of rain … you have situations where drivers aren’t seeing pedestrians.”
Stibbe said pedestrians should avoid distractions while crossing streets. “If you’re dividing your attention … perhaps using your cell phone injuries your safety is compromised,” he said.
A proposed law targeting distracted pedestrians, introduced Monday in the Ontario legislature, would impose fines for anyone caught using a cell phone or electronic device while crossing the street.
The so-called “zombie bill” — named after the shambling supernatural creatures — would encourage pedestrians to put down electronic devices by imposing fines ranging from $50 for a first offense to $125 for a third offense.
“If you walk the streets, you see people on their cell phones crossing the road using their phones,” Liberal backbencher Yvan Baker said in support of his bill. “Experts tell us that if you are distracted as a pedestrian that you are more likely to get hurt.”
Private member’s bills seldom become law and Premier Kathleen Wynne would not commit government support for the proposed legislation but called it an “interesting idea.” Crossing the street with divided attention is risky, she said Monday, noting motorists are barred from driving while looking at their phones.
Stibbe noted, however, that cell phone use leading to a pedestrian being killed in a collision isn’t that common.
“As far as I can recall … we’ve only had one pedestrian that we can directly attribute use of a cellphone causing their death.”
He said police can attribute far more deaths to instances where drivers were using cell phones, but he said pedestrians should still take their safety seriously.
“Your phone may not literally kill you … but if you’re not paying attention, your actions might kill you,” Stibbe said.
There have been 1,418 pedestrians struck by cars in Toronto from Jan. 1 to Oct. 31, down slightly from 1,527 pedestrians hit by cars over the same time period last year, Stibbe said, adding that 28 pedestrians died after being hit this year, compared to 35 over the same period last year.