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Crosswalk Safety Facts

On March 8, 2016, Halifax Regional Police and RCMP released the following analyses regarding vehicle/pedestrian collisions from 2012 to 2015.

As part of a continued focus on pedestrian safety, Halifax Regional Police and Halifax District RCMP have committed to releasing vehicle/pedestrian collision reports to provide police and citizens with more contextual information.

 

Pedestrian/vehicle collisions 2012 to 2015

The number of collisions decreased by 19% from 2012 to 2013 and increased 55% from 2013 to 2014 and decreased 21% from 2014 to 2015. The chart below provides a synopsis of the data from 2012 to 2015:

 
2012
2013
2014
2015
2012-2015
# COLLISIONS
208
169
262
208
847
# VICTIMS
215
174
269
217
875
# AT CROSSWALKS
139
94
156
122
511
# COLLISIONS SOT ISSUED
103
65
121
87
376
# VICTIMS - NO INJURY
168
124
96
58
446
# VICTIMS - FATALITY
4
2
4
5
15

 

Key findings for the four year period:
• The majority of victims (52%) did not experience an injury as a result of the collision.
• Victims were most commonly in the 21-30 age range with women (56%) accounting for a higher proportion than men (44%).
• Men accounted for 66% of drivers involved in vehicle/pedestrian collisions.
• Most vehicle/pedestrian collisions occurred on weekdays, most commonly between 3-8 p.m. (40%).
• There was an average of 22 collisions reported per month from October to March, compared to an average of 13 collisions per month from April to September.
• Weather conditions were clear and/or sunny at the time of most collisions (62%).
• Incidents in crosswalks accounted for over half of vehicle/pedestrian collisions.
• At least one Summary Offence Ticket was issued in 44% of collisions.

Comparative analysis - 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015

2012 analysis

2013 analysis

2014 analysis

December 2014 monthly report


 

Did you know?

True or false?

I can enter the crosswalk when the hand is flashing or countdown timer has started.

FALSE.

It’s against the law to enter the crosswalk if the hand is flashing or countdown timer has started. But if you’ve already started to cross when the hand starts flashing or countdown timer begins, don’t worry, you can still finish your crossing.


True or false?

I have to use the overhead flashing lights at a crosswalk where they’re available.

TRUE.

It’s the law to press the button to use the overhead flashing lights at a crosswalk where they’re available.


True or false?

Drivers can park their car two metres from a crosswalk.

FALSE.

You can’t stop or park a vehicle within five metres of a crosswalk.


True or false?

Crosswalks only exist if they’re marked.

FALSE.

Every intersection has a crosswalk. Some are marked, others aren’t. Either way, drivers must stop for pedestrians waiting to cross or when they’re already in a crosswalk.